Murder charge filed

Murder charge filed

There are 37 comments on the The News-Herald story from Oct 23, 2007, titled Murder charge filed. In it, The News-Herald reports that:

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

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RIPSAM_je

Cleveland, OH

#21 Jan 30, 2008
Dajuan in court tommorro he is being arraigned on 3 counts aggravated murder, 2 counts aggravated burglary, and 1 count kidnapping. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty. Music to Sams friends ears!!!!!!!!!!
RIPSAM_je

Cleveland, OH

#22 Feb 7, 2008
Happy 42nd Birthday Sam!!!!! See you when I get there.
matt

Chambers Flat, Australia

#23 Feb 7, 2008
Sarah from Madison OH wrote:
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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?
Maybe, they are the idiots here posting that we shouldn't judge him? Calling the cops and saying a friend intends to commit murder is judgmental and idiots claim some stupid-ass misinterpreted bible passage says it's a no no.
lady H

AOL

#24 Feb 8, 2008
Wow! I feel better knowing justice will be served.
It still wont bring him back or take away the horrific pain and suffering of Family and friends.
But, I like to hear the maximum penalty for this dude!
Her actions

Lakewood, OH

#25 Mar 13, 2008
These so called "friends" that he told he was going to do something should be accomplices and I want them to take responsibility too. I am his friend and he told us nothing except how hurt he was that she was playing both of them and went and got engaged 2 weeks after she dumped via text. She constantly reassurred him that "WE WILL BE TOGETHER". She brainwashed and manipulated him 'til he couldn't take it. No excuses. Look at her cell phone to see how many texts were to Dajuan. No, she didn't commit these acts but she set the table for them. How many love murder triangles have to happen before the woman takes responsiblilty for HER actions? Again, it was her actions that lead him to the path he chose. He was love sick and didn't have the strength in his mind to think rational and jealousy will destroy. Not an excuse, a fact.
I just had a friend murdered a month later so I am sitting on both sides of this.
A friend being accused and a friend gone b/c of someones' fatal actions. I didn't know Sam but it doesn't mean that I haven't been praying for his loved ones although I am friends' with Banks. No one is condoning anything. Just praying to try to get through this. Make no mistake, these "friends" he called were no friends, in fact I'm positive they were one of the motivating factors.
RIPSAM_je

Cleveland, OH

#26 Mar 19, 2008
Dont get us wrong we do blame her almost as much as we blame Dajuan. Im sure she was playing the both of them. Jackie has always been a piece of trash and will always be. So don't think that a day goes by that Sams friends wouldn't like to rip her hair out. What is really sad is that Sam was already fed up and would have left her shortly. Now he doesn't have that choice. Dajuan took away that choice. So he might be a friend in your eyes but he is nothing but a cold blooded murdering monster in mine, and nothing nobody says or does will change that.
tracie

Bedford, OH

#27 Apr 7, 2008
i used to be banks roommate i moved out the weekend before he killed the guy and he calls and tells alot of people including me that he did it and i feel that his stupid ass needs to be put to death for it he was just wanting the girl back after she totally told him she did not want him no more
tracie

Bedford, OH

#28 Apr 7, 2008
oh people i was one of the people that dajuan told and i told the police right away and jackie was not playing them she had been broke up with dajuan for months cuz i lived with him for about 2 months he was harassing her i was there i saw it all heard it all
tracie

Bedford, OH

#29 Apr 7, 2008
tammy wrote:
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.
i am going with that one i feel that she knew like us friends did but most of the friends thought he was just talking like a drunk until he told us what he did to sam and then most of went voluntarily to the police.
Her actions

Lakewood, OH

#30 Apr 7, 2008
RIPSAM_je wrote:
Dont get us wrong we do blame her almost as much as we blame Dajuan. Im sure she was playing the both of them. Jackie has always been a piece of trash and will always be. So don't think that a day goes by that Sams friends wouldn't like to rip her hair out. What is really sad is that Sam was already fed up and would have left her shortly. Now he doesn't have that choice. Dajuan took away that choice. So he might be a friend in your eyes but he is nothing but a cold blooded murdering monster in mine, and nothing nobody says or does will change that.
I cannot and will not ever blame you, Sams family and friends for having the vision you do of him. I pray for all of us involved in this horrible tragedy. I am in the process of trying to forgive someone that we can't even find that murdered our beloved friend Dec 9 dropping off a Uhaul in the Flats.
People choose to show you whatever face they want sometimes. I think these other "friends" clearly brought out the best in him and he didn't have the strength in him to see the right. I understand people can't excuse his heart break jealousy for these actions but I do know that you never know what people are truly capable of when you are weak. Unitl they snap, and you and I will never know b/c we won't ever be in his shoes.
So these "friends" of Dajuan I hope you learned that this isn't a cry wolf world anymore. People are doing exactly what they say they will do. Open your mouth to tell someone instead of making him "The Bitch" in your group. To us he was the Captain.
ImWithMesh

Lakewood, OH

#31 Apr 10, 2008
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!
Pete, I agee with you. We were w/ him EVERY week and most weekends. My heart is too weak and hurt to do it anymore but I kept questioning, how did we not see him downspiral so fast?? I now know he had these other great friends and he thought the world of us and didn't want us to see him hurt. These others I believe encouraged and inspired him during these drunken outings. They didn't care or even have enough COMMONSENSE to OPEN YOUR MOUTH. Peer pressure does not only exist in schools poeple. When I first met Dajuan he barely even drank!!! He was the one looking out for me!! And now this. It saddens me deeply that a family lost an innocent bystander that got involved w/ an idiot, and we lost him. I pray that he finds the right path again and finds forgiveness before he meets his Maker. He lived the right for 34 years, good people do have the ability to do wrong but He will forgive all that ask for it and believe in it. 34 years of goodness cannot be erased.
RIPSAM__je

Cleveland, OH

#32 Oct 15, 2008
cannot believe it has been one year since Sam was so brutally taken from us. We will be having another pumpkin vigil to celebrate his life tonight. Trial is set to begin Dec.8.
Good friend

Lakewood, OH

#33 Nov 9, 2008
I just found this Blog and first time ever responding to one. My thoughts, I have known Sam a very long time, and have spent time with him. In my experiences with cases like these, the victims and the families related to the victims want justice. The friends and families of the perp. Oh if you only new him, and the things he has done for us and the community. Well what he has done for the community Sams community is he robbed them of Sam. Dajaun admitted to killing someone. So if dajaun and his friend dated the same person and dajaun killed that friend would it be alright. meaning he will kill anyone no matter what the relation. So if you want that type of person living free or next to you or dating your daughter, maybe you should second think how soft spoken or how nice he is. Dajaun is a self confessed killer and for the reasons he said. I guess that makes it ok. You know one ah shit wipes out 2 ata boys. Killing wipes out everything nice and soft spoken word pretty much forever.
RIPSAM___je

Cleveland, OH

#34 Nov 13, 2008
Early court date because Dajuan changed his plea from not guilty to guilt. He recieved life in prison. Should have been a life for a life!!! now he gets 3 hots and a cot we get to pay for. I just pray he becomes someones girlfriend in jail.
blownaway

Cleveland, OH

#35 Dec 16, 2008
I have known Dajuan for about 9 years now and this is the last thing I ever thought he would do. He called us when he was sentenced, the first time that I have talked to him since he did this. Wow, I didn't know what to say. I, as a friend of his, do believe in an eye for an eye, and if that's what he got, then he would have deserved it. I still hold Dajuan in my heart but feel terrible for Sam's loved ones. I just wish I was one of the "friends" that he told about this, I surely would have tried to stop it. I just want to say sorry to all of Sam's family and friends for the actions of my friend.
Sandy an old friend

Ashley, OH

#36 Jan 15, 2009
How anyone can feel sympathy for Dajuan disgusts me! Are you kidding the girl drove him to do it and should be resposible?? He planned it out and carried it out on his own. I'm an old friend of Sam's, this man took a very loving, caring and full of life man away from his family in cold blood. I hope he suffers when he recalls what he did every day !! Should have been an eye for an eye !! Love you Sam !!
just sayin

Cleveland, OH

#37 Jun 23, 2011
i knew sam and jackie.. never meant dajuan.. i feel so bad for sams kids and family.. i know most of u think that jackie is to blame but i have to disagree. she is suffering everyday.if sams family has forgiven her y cant the rest u also??? u say that sam was going to leave her but yet they were engaged.. her step-sister was murdered a few days before sam was.. also had her throat slit with a bag over her head.. so whos to blame for that??? the only person to blame is the one who did it.. we all have fallen in love before and most of us have gotten hurt too, that does not give u the right to play GOD though.. R.I.P Sam.. u are missed and loved very much.... dajuan didnt get the needle but he will have to suffer every day and think and remember what he did for the rest of his life..

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