Who know's David Wayne Slaton?

Who know's David Wayne Slaton?

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“Cant we all just get along!”

Since: Dec 08

Lakeland, Florida

#1 Sep 26, 2009
He was arrested for murder. What kind of person is he? Why would he do something like this?
Sad

United States

#2 Sep 27, 2009
I don't know the truth of actual events involving Mr.Gavin's murder. I can say that, although he has a spotted past, David is a very generous person and he is loved by his family. I don't consider him to be the awful person, as in some articles and as the detectives are portraying him.
I doubt these are the answers you are looking for. I can share my opinions from knowing David, not as someone involved or in his confidence. I do believe that he was genuine in offering work to your father when they met at the bar and if Mr. Gavin left with David and/or fellow employees, it was under those circumstances. It may sound strange to some, but David meeting someone that is down on their luck and out of work and him offering them a job sounds just like David. David is not a calculating and cruel person. What happened next...possibly a terrible misunderstanding and alcohol combination with tragic results? I don't know and doubt if anyone involved could say for sure. I wonder why only one person is behind bars.
From different things I have read, it seems Mr. Gavin was out of touch with his family at that time. I realize this does not mean he was unloved or forgotten. In fact, I imagine an estragement may make this situation harder for the family with asking 'Why?' and 'What if I had just ...?'. Sometimes it is hard to see a family member being self destructive and still be supportive (I am making assumptions, I don't know his situation).
I can not express how sorry I am for you and your family, there are not words. I can't imagine what it must have been like to share your father's fate with your children, siblings, or friends. We are dreading the impending conversation we must have with our children from the other side of this crime.
This is truly a tragedy that is hurting many families. We love David very much and will support him however possible, but also accept that he should be held accountable for whatever role he held in this horrible crime.
This whole situation is surreal, I truly can't believe it is happening.
Willing to help

Brandon, FL

#3 Sep 27, 2009
I hope all is well with your family in these terrible times. I will tell you exactly what kind of a person David Slaton is as I have known him for over 10 years. If you send me a message at willingtohelpu@aol.com I will give you the information you are looking for.
unknown

Palm Harbor, FL

#4 Sep 28, 2009
Don't judge Mr. Slaton.... Everyone is innocent until proven guilty seems like both of these men have had ruff times in there life. Please keep both there families in your thoughts and prays. As his family is griving too.

“Cant we all just get along!”

Since: Dec 08

Lakeland, Florida

#5 Sep 28, 2009
Hello Sad, It seems by reading your post that you are sincere in what your saying. I too am still in disbelief that any of this has happened. Forgive me if I sound a bit critical, I know one is innocent until proven guilty. I also love God and know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have prayed since the beginning of this that whoever is responsible feel the pain they have caused and truly be sorry for this and pray for forgiveness, and I hope they get it. I forgive the responsible person or people, but I still want them to be held accountable for this. Also, I cant believe either that only one person is in jail. Maybe I should not even be asking the questions I have, but it is just in effort to try to understand what has happened. Its all crazy!!! But I will be in prayer for his family as I absolutely do not blame anyone for anothers actions. I too am sorry for you and everyone involved as Im sure this is devastating to alot of people. God Bless.
unknown

Palm Harbor, FL

#6 Sep 29, 2009
Thank you very much for keeping his family in your thoughts and prays as we will keep you in ours. I hope justice is served for everyone involved in this crazy mess. And please god make sure that the right people serve time for what they did not for others actions. God bless you Mike and your whole family. For we know it hurts to lose a loved one no matter the situation.
Sad

United States

#7 Sep 29, 2009
Mike, I have read your posts on different sites, from Florida Today to The Ledger. I have to admit that I am amazed with the way you represent yourself and your family. Some have posted for and against David but at no time have I seen you make any cruel or retaliatory comments toward the accused. When I read your posts, I feel an even stronger sadness for your family's loss. If you were angry or defensive, then I could respond with the same. Instead I read and think,'Well, he is right about that.' I wonder how I would react in your shoes. I can't imagine being able to restrain myself from making hateful and damning comments. I admire your strength and feel humbled by your attitude.
Although I am a part of David's family, I do not forget that we have the luxury of answering the phone when he calls, writing letters, etc. Our losses are no where near equal, on many levels. I hope that more of the truth is discovered. My fear with this is that it will end like one of the movies where you walk out saying,'What really happened?' because nothing was ever resolved and people lie and point fingers. I do know for a fact that the other people involved have stolen a lot from David and used him for anything they could get. Unfortunately, NONE of them are without criminal records or charges that are pending elsewhere. It would be hard for the detectives to discover any truth from that crowd.
I completely understand you trying to gather information about David. Searching for answers may be all that you can do for now. Please consider the source of what you hear, especially the one that is so eager to share if you email. I bet there are two sides to that story and you will be hearing one them.
Posting seems to keep the thoughts going, instead of another lost story of lives that are forever affected.

“Cant we all just get along!”

Since: Dec 08

Lakeland, Florida

#8 Sep 29, 2009
Sad, the only thing in this life I know for sure is we have all fallen short of the Glory of God. I'm a sinner and need as much forgiveness as the next guy. I do strive for that but in the end, it is not up to me to say that I get it. I realize that this must be unbearable for David's family and loved one's. I wish I could make it go away for them. Everyone deserves compassion. In the end, it's all in God's Hands. I think about David in jail and know that it must be terrible for him as well. If he is guilty I would hope for him that he seeks forgiveness, and I would hope he gets it because if I cant forgive the people that have dealt me wrongs, than I surely am not worthy of getting forgiveness either. I cant stand to think about eternity without Jesus, without God,without my loved ones. The world needs love, not hate. Dont get me wrong, there is a side of me that want's to get mad at this and hate, but that's no good. Maybe it was just my Dad's time and this is all just a test for me, or for us all for that matter. I still love my Dad very much, and he will alway's be a part of who I am. God Bless you all.

“Cant we all just get along!”

Since: Dec 08

Lakeland, Florida

#9 Sep 29, 2009
unknown wrote:
Thank you very much for keeping his family in your thoughts and prays as we will keep you in ours. I hope justice is served for everyone involved in this crazy mess. And please god make sure that the right people serve time for what they did not for others actions. God bless you Mike and your whole family. For we know it hurts to lose a loved one no matter the situation.
Thank you for your compassion. God Bless.
unknown

Palm Harbor, FL

#10 Sep 30, 2009
Sad, thank you very much for pointing out that there are others involved in this terrible situation. I hope justice is served to everyone of them. It's terrible to see David being the only one behind bars when we all know there were others involved. As you stated however they all have criminal recordes, and non of them can be trusted. At this point I'm sure they are all living there lives like nothing has happened which is wrong in more ways then one. All we can do at this point is pray that each and everyone of them get what they deserve. You know they always say what goes around comes around.
unknown

Palm Harbor, FL

#11 Sep 30, 2009
Mike, as a member of Davids family I would like to thank you for being so kind. You have not said one harsh thing about him. All your doing is looking for answers. And I can't blame you for that. If I was in your shoes I would be doing the same. However I don't know that I would be so calm and polite about it. God bless.

“Cant we all just get along!”

Since: Dec 08

Lakeland, Florida

#12 Sep 30, 2009
unknown wrote:
Mike, as a member of Davids family I would like to thank you for being so kind. You have not said one harsh thing about him. All your doing is looking for answers. And I can't blame you for that. If I was in your shoes I would be doing the same. However I don't know that I would be so calm and polite about it. God bless.
Hey unknown, it wasn't easy for me to grasp the reaction that I have. I have left it in God's Hands, what more can I do? Anything else would just hurt more. I stopped this evening at Church and put David and his family on our Church's Prayer list. I have lived with this for four years, I know it's probably harder for you all than for me at this point. I'm so sorry for you all.Please forgive me if in anything I have said sounded harsh. God has called me to Love and Forgive, too often I forget that and "me" takes over. Thank you all for your Kindness.
unknown

Palm Harbor, FL

#13 Oct 1, 2009
Thank you very much Mike for putting us all on the pray list. For I believe David needs it the most. He is really having a hard time right now. As he should be. It seems as though maybe reality is hitting him in the face. I don't want to seem harsh towards him because I do love him but he needs to be punished for whatever wrong doing was done.
As for yourself you are a stong man. I don't feel at anytime that you have said anything out of the way about David. You are just looking for answers and you deserve them.
I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prays as you are keeping us in yours. Thank you again. I will also continue to pray that others involved in this situation are brought to justice. David should not stand alone in this!!
Also Willing

Asheboro, NC

#14 Oct 8, 2009
I have thought about this for a bit before posting, but I am too annoyed to hold back. Willing to help, I feel sure I know who you are,
David's ex-wife's brother. I can only imagine the glowing reviews you are giving David. I would like to share some on David's behalf. His ex-wife is not a stable person, even the government agrees, judging by her monthly mental disablity checks. I do think that those two brought out the absolute worst in each other. I have personally seen his
ex-wife drive up to the house in a huge conversion van she had at the time completely, totally drunk with her oldest son (a toddler at the time) crawling around loose in the back of the van, no car seat, no seat belt. Also, I wonder if it was shared that the kids were taken away from her custody (after she and David split) because for days she was sleeping off (one of) her meth benders while her daughter (maybe 6-7 at the time) and her oldest son (a toddler) were with her being
neglected, with no food and feces all over the floor.Did she ever regain custody of her daughter? As far as the 'attempted murder', one
thing I have learned is that criminal charges are like car dealerships, they ask for the most so they have bargaining power. If David had really tried to murder her, I doubt they would have settled with a battery charge. I have seen David with scrapes and bruises, but not his ex-wife. Also, she has a domestic battery charge in Polk
County from before she was with David, coincidence or typical behavior?
I don't want to take anything away from what you, Willing to Help, have done for the kids. Without your care and help I can only imagine
where his ex-wife and her children would be. For as long as I have known her, you have supported her through all of her many crisis and bad decisions. You have saved the children on more than one occasion, even when David was out of the picture, which is why you should be more realistic and honest in what you are spreading. Maybe now she has grown up some and is a better person and parent, I have no idea. A few years ago, David did become more involved and financially supportive. I wonder why, if his ex-wife thought he was an abusive father, she had David watching the kids for days at a time when she needed help. There was no court order that said she had to give David
the kids, so why on earth would she willingly hand her children over to this 'monster' you are creating?
Was David a bad father and husband? Yes, just as she was she a bad
mother and wife. Does this mean he is a murderer? No

“Cant we all just get along!”

Since: Dec 08

Lakeland, Florida

#15 Oct 8, 2009
Wow....Family Fued's can be a mess, LOL...Sorry if this sound's a bit contrary, but with all due respect I'd like to say that the previous post is quite irrelevant. I know this is a public post and you are welcome to post whatever you like but I wish to reiterate the reason for the thread in the first place. I was in some way....trying to find out a little bit about David and the others involved which I knew very little about until I spoke to the State's Attorney on monday. I feel the need to persue this in hope's of finding a way that I can get through this without hating anyone. Although hard, I'm trying my darndest believe me. The woman to which the previous post refer's to is not of any interest to me whatsoever. Like I said, I realize you can post whatever you like and feel perfectly free to do so. However, it would be of my interest and much more substantial to learn more about Stormy and what she was doing the night my Dad was murdered. The person that was willing to help, did so out of a genuine compassion and I thank that person very much and will keep our conversation confidential. David's ex wife had absolutely nothing to do with the atrocity that took place. I just hope that in the end everything is out on the table. There were no good samaritan's here. No one came forward until they were caught. I still am in disbelief that there is only one person in jail. Everyone will stand before God and give an account of their life in the end and answer the question that beg's to be amswered....WHY????
Blessing's to you all.
Also Willing

Marengo, IL

#16 Oct 9, 2009
I completely agree with almost all of what you said, Mr. Gavin, except that the person willing to help is showing 'genuine compassion'. He is completely nosing in where he has no place and making calls that have absolutely nothing to do with him. Sometimes people are drawn by the excitement of being close to a situation like this, as I believe is his case. You are right about David's ex-wife having nothing to do with it, so why is her family trying to be involved? I would not have posted anything but I have seen other comments popping up about David and attempted murder, which really makes me mad because it is coming from him and it is false. My only intention in putting those things up about his ex-wife was to explain that she was not a helpless victim in their relationship, but an equal force of their destruction and misery.
I haven't and won't make excuses or give ridiculous praise for David, as I think it would be insulting and unfair to you if I did. I think that people should do the same, as far as not making exaggerated and false accusations.
You are right that no one came forward. I wonder, from reading the articles, if the others involved are saying that they were afraid, which was their excuse. That just doesn't make any sense to me at all. I would imagine that, if I were an innocent witness or involved from a moment of fear, that I would leave the next day and go to the police (but that is my non-criminal mind at work). No one did. These people, except for maybe one, continued to travel or work together for some time. As far as Stormy, I don't understand why she (at least) isn't in jail, because I would guess that some of the paper trail used to implicate David would also involve her. Plus, wasn't it her previous vehicle that was taken for processing?

“Cant we all just get along!”

Since: Dec 08

Lakeland, Florida

#17 Oct 9, 2009
Hello Also Willing,
I understand your intent and point taken. I've said before, sorry if sometimes I sound critical. I also agree that in my mind, I would have had to go to the police. I just couldn't live with something like that whether I helped or just didn't say anything. I don't know about Stormy's car and I should not even be putting names out there but there should absolutely be more arrest made. And one in particular. I just can't understand it. Anyway, ya'll take care.
Concerned

Walker, WV

#18 Oct 21, 2009
Does anyone know what is going on with Stormy? She is my sister. I was looking up some information about David because my family was wondering what had happened. I came across this post, and saw her name. I've checked in newspaper articles online, but haven't seen anything about her. I was adopted at birth, so her and I have never really been close. I did speak to her about a month ago though, but she never spoke of being in trouble with the law. I have sent a few texts, and tried to call her a couple of times since then, but I've got nothing in return. Thanks for any information you have. I will also keep all involved in my prayers. God bless!!!

“Cant we all just get along!”

Since: Dec 08

Lakeland, Florida

#19 Oct 21, 2009
Hello Concerned,
I'm sorry but I don't have any idea where Stormy is. Some of the others may. Sorry I couldn't be of any help. Take care.

Since: Oct 09

Brandon Florida

#20 Oct 24, 2009
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