Forensic report yields few answers

Forensic report yields few answers

There are 12 comments on the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer story from Jul 12, 2006, titled Forensic report yields few answers. In it, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that:

More test results in the Cynthia Annette Thomas murder case indicate there is no evidence linking Lamar 'Johnny' Benton to the Phenix City woman's rape and murder, according to the report.

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A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#1 Jul 13, 2006
The first line of this article really makes an impact! No evidence linking Johnny to this crime. Sheriff Boswell is quoted as stating," Why should we use those resources upon a case that has already been solved?" When did he become judge and jury? Are we to take the word of the District Attorney's office in regard to the confession? I don't think so. What Ms. Gordon left out of her article was that this confession was obtained under unethical circumstances. Here are the facts: Johnny was under the influence of drugs, grilled for over seven hours with no attorney present, and had never been in trouble with law enforcement in his life. It must have been easy for investigators to obtain a confession from an eighteen year old boy who did not know his rights. Yes, those resources need to be used to find out every bit of information in regard to this matter. As I am understanding this, there is more than a shadow of doubt. Therefore I ask, do you feel safe in this community knowing that this case has not been solved?
Angelika Sherrill_AL

Phenix City, AL

#2 Jul 17, 2006
A Jacobs wrote:
The first line of this article really makes an impact! No evidence linking Johnny to this crime. Sheriff Boswell is quoted as stating," Why should we use those resources upon a case that has already been solved?" When did he become judge and jury? Are we to take the word of the District Attorney's office in regard to the confession? I don't think so. What Ms. Gordon left out of her article was that this confession was obtained under unethical circumstances. Here are the facts: Johnny was under the influence of drugs, grilled for over seven hours with no attorney present, and had never been in trouble with law enforcement in his life. It must have been easy for investigators to obtain a confession from an eighteen year old boy who did not know his rights. Yes, those resources need to be used to find out every bit of information in regard to this matter. As I am understanding this, there is more than a shadow of doubt. Therefore I ask, do you feel safe in this community knowing that this case has not been solved?
Thank you for bringing this out! I was wandering when the DNA results will be back. Boswell says that this is not CSI, well, it is not Boswell country either, or is it? I wonder how many people read this article about the DNA testing. Is really nobodyelse in Alabama interested to finding out the truth?
Angelika Sherrill_AL

Phenix City, AL

#3 Jul 18, 2006
Well, A.Jacobs, I have turned my information and the other persons information over to the Atlanta Southern Center of Human Rights, Attn. Attia Holly. That might be a way to go. Mr. Reid from WRBL finally responded to my fax and e-mails. He believes what Chief Alexander and the COD is saying. How can the Alabama Department of Corrections investigate itself. That should not even be allowed, especially since they waited 5 months to do so! Please note: I had posted the telephone number and fax-number from the lawfirm, but topix does not allow me to do so. You should be able to get that information through BellSouth Informationline.
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#4 Jul 19, 2006
Angelika, you are 100% right the Alabama Department of Corrections should not be allowed to investigate their own agency. However, this is just one of the sad facts that the majority of citizens that live in Alabama allow. Thank goodness, our world does not depend on Mr. Reid's opinion. I still have hope that the truth will come out. HA-HA Boswell country - I loved it!
Angelika Sherrill_AL

Phenix City, AL

#5 Jul 19, 2006
A Jacobs wrote:
Angelika, you are 100% right the Alabama Department of Corrections should not be allowed to investigate their own agency. However, this is just one of the sad facts that the majority of citizens that live in Alabama allow. Thank goodness, our world does not depend on Mr. Reid's opinion. I still have hope that the truth will come out. HA-HA Boswell country - I loved it!
Don't get me wrong. I did not mean any disrespect, but I am very upset about all these lies that people in authoratative positions have fed to me over these long 8 months. Well, Mr. Reid did at least make the people of Russell County aware that something is going on and people are starting to ask questions. Maybe I was wrong in thinking that nobody cares or is too scared to come forward?! I hope that somebody is listening to what you have to say.
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#6 Jul 23, 2006
Hopefully, you are wrong! Maybe, and that is a big word, somebody out there is very brave and has extreme courage and they will come forward with the information that they know. I'm sure it would be hard for them, but they would truly be a hero in my eyes. The could put a stop to the abuse that is going on in the Russell County Jail.
Concern in Alabama

Troy, AL

#7 Aug 5, 2006
Does nobody want to know what happens with the DNA evidence in Lamar Benton's case and why Melissa Ward could bring in a contraband to three inmates (one of them was already dead) when these inmates could not even have contact visits. Is nobody concerned how these inmates could have escaped in the first place with the sheriff's department right next to the jail? Are there not way too many unanswered questions in this incident, and what happened to Melissa Ward, the mother of the two year old that allegedly got killed by Mr. Jones?
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#9 Aug 27, 2006
I agree. Nobody seems to be concerned. Your correct about the no contact visits. So the question of the day is.... Was someone who works at the Russell County Jail responsible for the contraband that was brought into the facility? Maybe, this is why we have not heard anything else about this matter.
Concern in Alabama

Phenix City, AL

#10 Aug 30, 2006
I would be surprised if you will ever get answers to these questions. They are very sure that they got away with whatever went on during that time. They evidently have a lot of control, or at least they think they have. One day all of them will have a rude awakening for sure!
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#11 Sep 3, 2006
I'm not so sure about the rude awakening,however, a slow, degrating, career ending awaking does not seem to bad. Despair, humiliation, and ridicule, would be a wonderful beginning. Citizens of Alabama need to step up to the plate! Don't let this go away. If you do, you might find yourself or one of your loved ones in the same situation one day.
Concern in Alabama

Phenix City, AL

#12 Sep 10, 2006
Don't give up hope; the truth w i l l come out soon!!!!!!!!!
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#13 Sep 16, 2006
I pray with all my heart and soul that it does.

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