Murder charge filed

Friends of victim Sam Nicholson Jr. watch a video monitor at the arraignment of Dajuan L. Banks Monday in Willoughby Municipal Court. Full Story
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JEM

United States

#1 Oct 25, 2007
It's very hard to believe any of this. I am a friend of Dajuan Banks and he is one of the most soft spoken men that I have ever come across. That doenst make it ok for what he did which leaves me to believe that his EX was a problem and from what I gather the trouble maker was more thatn likely having some type of relationship with both of them. I am definetly not trying to make excuses for Dajuan because what he did was wrong BUT I believe that SHE is to blame for what happen and it's very sad that Sam is the one that really lost in the triangle that she caused. I pray for both Sam's and Dajuan's family. There is no symathy for the EX WHAT SO EVER! She caused this and should be very ashamed of herself! It's very tragic and very sad.
lady H

AOL

#2 Oct 25, 2007
Actually, she may be a jerk! But, He Dajaun Banks! is fully responsible for his actions.. I personaly believe in an eye for an eye! What has happened to this world and the people in it? This above statement is exactly what I mean. Ted bundy was soft spoken! This man brutaly took another LIFE! My lord! And it was premeditated! this is a brain of a COLD HEARTED KILLER! get real...and the man should fry! She is just a stupid woman? who dated a jerk, and maybe played both sides? but hello...He planned this, because of sheer jealousy and sickness!
Warrior

Oceanside, CA

#3 Oct 25, 2007
You must be crazy, love can cause you to do crazy things. This is no where near as brutal as Ted Bundy. Get a life. She should fry!
lady H

AOL

#4 Oct 25, 2007
oh my goodness! If love is an excuse to brutally kill another human being... well, I read the news people have gone off the deep end...I am sure of that. I guess we will have to wait and see what the outcome is. I am sure his friends and family feel the same. The victims that is...That he should fry! But, we have a weak judicial system..
My opinion... dont get mad people, this is what a debate is about.. Now, if it was your Brother, Father, Dad, Son, you surely would want him to burn? no?
JUSTANSWERS

Bedford, OH

#5 Oct 26, 2007
Warrior wrote:
You must be crazy, love can cause you to do crazy things. This is no where near as brutal as Ted Bundy. Get a life. She should fry!
ANY SENSELESS MURDER IS BRUTAL.....YOU DO THE CRIME YOU DO THE TIME
lady H

AOL

#6 Oct 27, 2007
Amen! and premeditated if I am not mistaken will be life in prison with no parole or death penalty.
We miss you Dajuan

Lakewood, OH

#7 Oct 28, 2007
I like how all these people are so quick to judge a man they don't even know. No one is saying the act was right, but how could you possibly say let him fry. This person IS my friend and what he did is mindblowing to ALL of us. I've spent considerable amount of time with Dajuan recently and I wouldn't of thought in a million years that he would do this. DaJuan has lots of people and friends that do love him and will miss him dearly. I realize this is horrible but it doesn't take away all the loving acts he did commit. Until something like this happens to you I wouldn't be so quick to judge unless you've walked in their shoes.
Love4Life

Cleveland, OH

#8 Oct 29, 2007
Please stop this judging, the Bible clearly states that. All we all can do is to pray for everyone invovled, even that young lady that played both of these men. But the truth is, it still falls into Dajuan lap and he have to suffer the consquences for is actions. I am sure that every moment of his day he thinks about SAM. But we all know that Dajuan will never see the outside world for a long time. Which is so unbelieveable, he IS a humble person, I can only say that is LOVE for this girl took over his heart/mind. I just wish he could of dealt with it in a more peaceful way. Be Blessed everyone
JEM

United States

#9 Oct 30, 2007
Warrior wrote:
You must be crazy, love can cause you to do crazy things. This is no where near as brutal as Ted Bundy. Get a life. She should fry!
I COMPLETLEY AGREE WITH YOU! LET HER FRY! SHE'S THE ONE THAT CAUSED THIS ENTIRE THING!
JEM

United States

#10 Oct 30, 2007
lady H wrote:
Actually, she may be a jerk! But, He Dajaun Banks! is fully responsible for his actions.. I personaly believe in an eye for an eye! What has happened to this world and the people in it? This above statement is exactly what I mean. Ted bundy was soft spoken! This man brutaly took another LIFE! My lord! And it was premeditated! this is a brain of a COLD HEARTED KILLER! get real...and the man should fry! She is just a stupid woman? who dated a jerk, and maybe played both sides? but hello...He planned this, because of sheer jealousy and sickness!
JEALOUSY... Because she was messing with both men and intentionally caused this jealousy but SICKNESS... NEVER... Dajuan is and always will be a good guy! It's ashame that he got wrapped up with this hoe that is nothing but a lush. She should have been at home where she belong instead of out meeting ANOTHER MAN at a BAR when she already had a boyfriend. BUT... thats what hoes do!
JEM

United States

#11 Oct 30, 2007
lady H wrote:
Amen! and premeditated if I am not mistaken will be life in prison with no parole or death penalty.
NEVER!
Pete

Cleveland, OH

#12 Nov 1, 2007
I talked to DaJuan recently; he is my friend; and if you spoke with him, you'd know that he has lost his mind. He's talking like he's going to commit suicide. He told me and my granddad that he doesn't even remember what happened, that he blacked out! I am so sick of people who prejudge everything and everybody. That's why the world is racist, prejudice, and coming to an abrupt end!
RIPSAM__je

Cleveland, OH

#13 Nov 5, 2007
Everyone keeps saying poor Dajuan he would never do anything like this he is a gentle man. Well as Sams friend let me tell you how we feel about Dajuan he is A MONSTER!!!! he had plenty of time to stop his actions but didn't. You want to talk about someones character let me tell you alittle about Sam. He was the one friend who was ALWAYS there to help or listen. He tried to see the good in everyone. His parents are lost without him he did everything for them. Sam is the last person you would ever imagine something like this would happen to. He was looking for love and found it in the wrong tramp with a psyco ex. The really sad part is that Sam was already fed up with this tramp and would have left her soon, but now he doesn't have that choice. Dajuan took that choice, Sam can't call his friends or family like Dajuan can, He can't watch his children grow like Dajuan can, Sam's choices are over because of Dajuan so I say Dajuans choices should also be over. I just wish Dajuan could be put to death the same way as Sam, Beaten with a gun, stabbed multiple, MULTIPLE times in the front and back, and then if that wasnt enough slit his throat. Then lay him on the floor as if he was hanging on the cross, how would Dajuan's family and friends feel if Sam had been the one to kill Dajuan? would you want him to live? Funny how Dajuan can't remember now but on the day the police got him he had no problem telling them the whole story and how he had no remorse for what he had done. For that I want him to go to hell with all of the other monsters and demons. I hope Sam haunts his dreams for the rest of his worthless life..
Sarah from Madison OH

United States

#14 Nov 6, 2007
We miss you Dajuan wrote:
I like how all these people are so quick to judge a man they don't even know. No one is saying the act was right, but how could you possibly say let him fry. This person IS my friend and what he did is mindblowing to ALL of us. I've spent considerable amount of time with Dajuan recently and I wouldn't of thought in a million years that he would do this. DaJuan has lots of people and friends that do love him and will miss him dearly. I realize this is horrible but it doesn't take away all the loving acts he did commit. Until something like this happens to you I wouldn't be so quick to judge unless you've walked in their shoes.
I think the thing that bothers me the MOST about this WHOLE THING.... HE TOLD PEOPLE HE WAS GOING TO DO IT!! He called people and told them that he had slashed Sam's tires and was waiting until the family left.
Yes, my father worked with Sam, and we knew Sam.
I want to know where the friends were. Why didn't they stop him? Why didn't they call someone? I hold his friends as responsible as I hold him. Obviously, he is sick. I'm not saying that to be mean. Something wasn't right. Why didn't anyone notice?
And for those of you blaming his fiance. How dare you? I don't care if she was the nastiest person on the planet. She is NOT responsible for the actions of someone else. Did she know he planned to murder Sam? How could she have stopped it?
There is NO excuse for murder. And for those of you saying to not judge because the bible says not to... God put people on this earth to judge. Yes we live under grace, but we live under the law of God, and the law of man. I'll pray for his family, and I'm pray for Sam's. I'll even pray for this man. But he is subject to punishement for what he did.
Sam had family and friends who are suffering at the moment. I will never defend Dajuan, nor can I believe that there is any defence of Dajuan. He admits what he did, and he did it. How can you defend that?
Sarah from Madison OH

United States

#15 Nov 6, 2007
Pete wrote:
I talked to DaJuan recently; he is my friend; and if you spoke with him, you'd know that he has lost his mind. He's talking like he's going to commit suicide. He told me and my granddad that he doesn't even remember what happened, that he blacked out! I am so sick of people who prejudge everything and everybody. That's why the world is racist, prejudice, and coming to an abrupt end!
What the heck!?! Racist because I want someone who murdered someone else to be punished?! What PLANET ARE YOU FROM?! Seriously, get a clue. I don't care if he's white, black, or pink with purple poka dots. HE MURDERED SOMEONE! Do you seriously think that if it were your friend or family you wouldn't feel the same way?
lady H

AOL

#16 Nov 6, 2007
Sarah from Madison OH wrote:
<quoted text>
What the heck!?! Racist because I want someone who murdered someone else to be punished?! What PLANET ARE YOU FROM?! Seriously, get a clue. I don't care if he's white, black, or pink with purple poka dots. HE MURDERED SOMEONE! Do you seriously think that if it were your friend or family you wouldn't feel the same way?
AMEN! THOU SHALL NOT KILL! Period...no judging! read the 10 commandments! omg!
JEM

United States

#17 Nov 7, 2007
Once again... it's too bad Dujuan and Sam got caught up with this garbage, and thats exactly what she is! NO compassion for this TRICK. Let's hope she doesnt screw anyone else's life up! She should be locked up somewhere so that she is not out meeting more men (in bar's because she's suck a lush)and play them like she did these two! I'm sure she had a 3rd back up! I hope that SHE IS HAUNTED the rest of her life!
RIPSAM__je

Cleveland, OH

#18 Nov 8, 2007
Don't get me wrong we blame her too. If it wasn't for her Sam would be here today and Dajuan would have to kill a different man. Bottom line is Dajuan stalked, beat, stabbed, and sliced Sam's throat. After he brutally killed my friend he pick up beer to drink with a friend, what to celebrate? When asked if he had any regrets he replied NO!!!! but yet I should feel sorry for him? I feel sorry for his son what a role model. The one thing that I am sorry for is the fact that death by lethal injection is much more human than being beaten, stabbed, throat slit so you cannot cryout for help, and then lay the body on the floor as if he was laying on the cross. PREMEDIATED AGGRAVIATED MURDER of an innocent man. Murder is murder no matter how you try to sugar coat it. Dajuan planned and brutally killed my friend. And I wish all of his friends that knew about it would be brought up on accessary charges.
tammy

Cleveland, OH

#19 Nov 8, 2007
has anyone seen or heard from the girlfriend? i believe that if he was telling all of his friends that he was going to make sure that sam doesn't marry his ex girlfriend then i am sure that dajuan must have been stating these same type of threats to the girlfriend. she must have known something.
Grace

Cleveland, OH

#20 Nov 14, 2007
The girl is to blame? Unbelievable. I don't care what kind of person she was, she isn't the one who killed someone. I can not believe that someone actually believes DaJuan is a victim. It's time people take responsibility for their actions. Dajuan's friends and family can visit him in jail. Sam's family have to visit a grave. He took a son away from his parents, he took a father away from his children. He took a life from someone who has a whole lot of living left to do. It doesn't matter how nice or gentle he is, we know what he was capable of. He drove to the house with a knife and a gun. At any time, he could have stopped and turned around. He slashed Sam's tires. He could have stopped there. He walked into a house. He could have stopped and told himself "what am I doing?, this is WRONG". He kept going and we know what he did. His crime was brutal, cold and premeditated. He is a murderer. He deserves to spend his life behind bars and the rest of eternity burning in hell where he belongs.

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