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Nashville, TN

#21 Jan 17, 2011
Thank you.
NINA WHORL

Oceanside, CA

#23 Jan 21, 2011
hey dawson why dont u just admit ur her grandmother. we all know its YOU! how bout i email corey dean what ur writing about that lil MURDERER. how bout u keep it real and tell how ur daughter died of a DRUG OVERDOSE and was a PROSTITUTE... ohhh but blame everything messed up with shawnda on my aunt kelly. that saddens me shawnda ISN'T a role model for any child ... why dont u keep it real n say how SHAWNDA SLEPT WITH A GUARD IN PRISON. no but make her out to be lil miss perfect.
NINA WHORL

Oceanside, CA

#24 Jan 21, 2011
my family and I are honorable people and we DEFEND Kelly's HOnor by not letting you people trash her HONOR. I will respond to every single post you guys write.

KELLY D. JAMES WAS AN HONORABLE LOVING PERSON WHO NEVER EVER ABUSED SHAWNDA. SHAWNDA WAS THE DAUGHTER OF A PROSTITUE ADDICT. MY AUNT TOOK HER IN AFTER SHE OD'ed OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF HER HEART AND SHAWNDA MURDERED HER IN HER SLEEP (WHAT A THREAT SHE WAS SLEEPING) SHAWNDA WAS UPSET FOR NOT GETTING HER WAY AND HAS TOLD SO MANY LIES.

MY FAMILY AND MY GRANDFATHER ARE HONORABLE PEOPLE !
U CAN SAY WHAT U WANT ABOUT ME BUT I KNOW WHAT ME, MY BROTHER, MY HUSBAND HAS SACRIFIED FOR THIS COUNTRY ... AND I KNOW WHAT SHAWNDAS FAMILY HAS DONE ... DRUG ADDICTS, MURDERERS, PROSTITUTES.. WOW WHAT HONOR IN THAT FAMILY
DawsonGrey

Collierville, TN

#25 Jan 21, 2011
Again, the truth always does come to surface and it has here... and it will again.
And too, you are a perfect example and representation of your family. Your temperament, the name calling, the hostility- proof perfect of what I am saying. Further proof that it is true-(not that it is needed) I do have many audio tapes left by your family of death threats for Shawndas family.. and letters calling Shawnda's little brother .. and Shawnda herself a N*****. So please do not tell me how honorable your family and grandfather- or anyone else is.
The TRUTH often hurts. It would certainly hurt me if I was on the receiving end of this truth- just as your family is.
NINA WHORL

Oceanside, CA

#26 Jan 22, 2011
my grandfather died before shawnda ever came in the picture so how does he even come into the picture. can you tell me what his name is?? how do you know so much about him OHHHHH you listened to the MURDERER! we will have our day in parole hearing and will leave laughing when they keep her in jail! WHERE SHE BELONGS. even if there was abuse its NO EXCUSE TO MURDER someone.. there was no abuse from my aunt or uncle. who i have know for years and spent many days with. HAVE YOU EVER WITNESSED anything from kelly or doug?? UM NO. ALL U HAVE ARE THE WORDS OF A MURDERER WHO IS TRYING TO GET OUT IM SURE SHE IS THE 1ST HONEST MURDERER. IM SO SURE SHE ISN'T MAKING UP THINGS TO TRY TO GET OUT EARLY!
i have served this country HONORABLY SO HAVE MY BROTHERS UNCLES AND SOME COUSINS. what has your family done besides PROSTITUE AND MURDER. WOW SUCH HONOR LADY. OH AND P.S. IM CALLING COREY AND TELLING HIM WHAT UR WRITING ABOUT HIS MOTHER.
IM SURE HE WILL WANT TO EVER SEE U AGAIN SHAWNDA'S GRANDMA! I WILL SEE YOU IN THE PAROLE BOARD AND YOU CAN COME TELL ME MY FAMILY HAS NO HONOR TO MY FACE!
NINA WHORL

Oceanside, CA

#27 Jan 22, 2011
and ur so lying about the audio tapes. my family has never contacted anyone ever. if we are such racists as u make us to be, why is my son half hispancis, why is my cousin dawn half hispanic (oh n btw my grandpa loved his dawn maricee) you are filling these lines with nothing but LIES LIES LIES. you only know what a MURDERER has told you. i WITNESSED MY FAMILY, SHAWNDA BEING A BRAT, SHAWNDA NEVER HAVING A SCRATCH. I WAS THERE AT THE TRIAL EVERY SINGLE DAY. why would shawndas lawyer hide abuse B/C THERE WAS NONE. EVER . PERIOD! LADY
sandra

Flat Rock, MI

#28 Apr 12, 2012
are u nuts my aunt kelly wouldnt hurt anyone..maybe u should check the facts.
DawsonGrey wrote:
I cannot speak on the other cases, as I do not know the specifics of the case files. However, the commutation of the sentence of Shawnda James is long overdue. She should be pardoned. At age 14 this young woman (now 29) was convicted for murdering her aunt, who had abused her. Shawnda has served 15 years. Bredesen has certainly "righted a wrong" and allowed some justice to come to this young woman. Her family did not protect her. Society did not protect her. The "justice" system failed to protect her. She protected herself at 14 years old and she has had to pay for it with at least 15 years of her life. Thank you Governor Bredesen. The true victim here was Shawnda James- a child at the time who had to become a woman behind bars. She can now have hope for a future and productive life- without crime, without abuse and in knowing she did what no one else would do for her- protect herself.
truth is_

Monroe, WA

#30 Apr 12, 2012
She (Shawnda) went up for parole yesterday and it was denied and she will not have another hearing until 2018. When that hearing occurs, she will be denied again and again, I believe. The facts of her case are brutal and this was a premeditated murder, robbery, and kidnapping. There are no 'truths' to be discovered. All measures have been taken by her grandmother to exonerate her and that route has been exhausted.
Dawson Grey is a former inmate and close friend of Shawnda's so she is writing from that point of view, which isn't one to be respected. If Shawnda were so brilliant, couldn't she have figured out that simply robbing her aunt and running away was a better (albeit wrong) alternative to shooting her aunt in cold blood and kidnapping that poor little boy.
I have raised 2 daughters and they were both 14 not too awfully long ago. What Shawnda does not resemble the behavior of a normal 14 year old, who has the ability to reason and definitely knows right from wrong. If she is helping so many people now, then perhaps she is where she belongs.
truth is_

Monroe, WA

#31 Apr 12, 2012
edit to the last paragraph....meant to say 'What Shawnda did does not resemble...'
Bug bye shawnda

Harrow, Canada

#32 Apr 13, 2012
Shawnda got served, End of Story. I'm sure Dawson will see her again. Once a criminal always a criminal!
Carolyn

Chattanooga, TN

#33 Jul 23, 2013
I hope u get out Shawnda... This people are crazy. God is with you. Your not no lil murderer. She did what she thought was right, no one would help her. That is what is so sad about this. None of this would have happen, if someone would have listen to her. When she ask for help.
Thoughts2015

Davison, MI

#34 Jun 3, 2015
Wow, so much ranting on this page. This is my opinion only. I feel that just because some posts their point of view no one should get angry. However my heart goes out to those family's of victims that were murdered. It's hard I know, but you can forgive but never forget.
Let's look at this for a second using Shawnda James as an example; sounds like she had a rough up bringing. Starting with her mom. And when is it that kids soak up so much information?, us at a young age from the time they were born til 10 is when their mind is open to things around them the observe so much. So when she was young and brought up around parents who just were not a 100% about their child well being it sounds like this aunt took on a damaged child from the begining. At the age of 14 is a bright enough age to know murder is wrong. Now maybe behind bars she changed but with the society these days you can't be sure. Their are so many murders by young kids and the law can't take the chance. The out side world is different from behind bars. If a murder gets out and the spent most their life behind bars, whose to day they make it out and some one gets mad and what makes you think they wont do it again. The world is harsh but you Mahe the choice and your choices make you. It's what you do to make it positive.
A murder that was planned is questionable. A murder in self defense (you were being attact at that moment) is something different. Shawnda in the past could of asked for help their was more help back then than their is now. Police, Teachers, neighbors. The cry for help want loud enough... Do you want to be that person that put a murder (that was planed) back on the streets and a few months later they kill some one else. How eill she react if she got in a fight with someone. Will she kill them? I believe in do unto others as you want done unto you. If she felt bad for what she did then she should accept her pumishment.
Wildchild

Louisville, CO

#35 Oct 7, 2016
I can remember the first day shawnda walked into our cell in the rutherford county juvinile. She was a juvenile. Like the rest of us...troubled kids being punished for rebeling against the adults in our lives..she told me the story of what happened. I alwsys wondered whst happened to her.i am baffled to read she had to grow up in prison..i dont care how yall put this..she was 14 ..here i am 39 years old..i just cant imagine having to be raised in prison..hopefully she wil get out in 2018 ..
Wildchild

Louisville, CO

#36 Oct 7, 2016
Carolyn wrote:
I hope u get out Shawnda... This people are crazy. God is with you. Your not no lil murderer. She did what she thought was right, no one would help her. That is what is so sad about this. None of this would have happen, if someone would have listen to her. When she ask for help.
I was locked up with her the day she came into tge rutherford juvenile center..she was 14 years old! Im baffled she had to grow up in prison..i hope she gets out and finally gets a chance to live
Wildchild

Louisville, CO

#37 Oct 7, 2016
NINA WHORL wrote:
hey dawson why dont u just admit ur her grandmother. we all know its YOU! how bout i email corey dean what ur writing about that lil MURDERER. how bout u keep it real and tell how ur daughter died of a DRUG OVERDOSE and was a PROSTITUTE... ohhh but blame everything messed up with shawnda on my aunt kelly. that saddens me shawnda ISN'T a role model for any child ... why dont u keep it real n say how SHAWNDA SLEPT WITH A GUARD IN PRISON. no but make her out to be lil miss perfect.
I believe her problems started as a child..what she went through..being tossed around..i was in the juvenile. The day shawnda came in..troubled child..we all were

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