Jamaican Killer Will Taste American Justice In Pennsylvania Double Homicide…

On Tuesday June 13th a Lancaster County Jury in the State of Pennsylvania returned a verdict of guilty on two counts of first degree murder against 40 year Jamaica National Leeton Thomas .

Thomas, con­vict­ed on his 40th birth­day, faces a penal­ty hear­ing at 9 a.m. Wednesday at which the jury will sen­tence him to life in prison with­out parole or death by lethal injec­tion.

The jury delib­er­at­ed less than three hours before find­ing Thomas guilty of first-degree, or pre­med­i­tat­ed, mur­der for the June 2015 stab­bings of Lisa Scheetz, 44, and her daugh­ter, Hailey, 16.
On his arrest Thomas report­ed­ly told Troopers to shoot him in the head.

According to Lancasteronline​.com, the jury of six men and six women heard four days of tes­ti­mo­ny as the pros­e­cu­tion sought to por­tray Thomas, a father of four who had worked as a home re-mod­el­er, as a homi­ci­dal mon­ster bent on elim­i­nat­ing wit­ness­es in his sex­u­al molesta­tion case.

Scheetz and daugh­ter Hailey, attacked while watch­ing a movie on Netflix, died quick­ly from hor­ren­dous stab wounds in the ear­ly hours of June 11, 2015, tes­ti­mo­ny estab­lished. State police found a base­ment win­dow screen sliced and removed. As the East Drumore Township moth­er and two teen daugh­ters were watch­ing a Netflix movie late…A 15-year-old daugh­ter sur­vived mul­ti­ple stab wounds. After the attack­er fled, she told res­cuers that Thomas, once a fam­i­ly friend, was the killer. “Look at him,” said Larsen, indi­cat­ing Thomas. “He’s very dis­tinc­tive. She knew exact­ly who he was. There’s no mis­tak­ing him.”

A native of Jamaica, Thomas is a black man of aver­age height and weigh­ing about 230 pounds. Larsen said Thomas broke into the apart­ment intent on get­ting rid of wit­ness­es who were going to tes­ti­fy against him at a court hear­ing two weeks away. “This was noth­ing less than an assas­si­na­tion,” Larsen told the jury. “He went in there think­ing he could wipe them all out.”

But Conrad said state police focused on Thomas, whose nick­name was Pie, with­out inves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty that a black neigh­bor who had a record of inde­cent assault could be the guilty par­ty. The teen sur­vivor “says it’s Mr. Pie, and every­one is sup­posed to believe it,” Conrad told the jury.

Clothing described

Throughout the tri­al, cloth­ing worn by the attack­er was a point of con­tention. Conrad empha­sized that the survivor’s descrip­tion of her attacker’s cloth­ing did not match what inves­ti­ga­tors found soak­ing in bleach in Thomas’ home about an hour after the killing.

Conrad point­ed out that the sur­vivor said her attack­er wore shorts and a T‑shirt. But state police did not find those items. Instead inves­ti­ga­tors found a set of men’s cloth­ing, includ­ing sweat­pants, a dark hood­ed sweat­shirt, black socks and a cap, soak­ing in a wash­ing machine. A troop­er said the water smelled heav­i­ly of bleach.

Prosecutor Larsen, in his clos­ing, dis­played the sweat­shirt and sweat­pants, say­ing the sig­nif­i­cant stains on each arti­cle show they were doused in bleach. More than two months after the slay­ings, police recov­ered black latex gloves and a face-hid­ing bal­a­cla­va mask in the trap of a toi­let pipe in the Conowingo Road home Thomas and his fam­i­ly were rent­ing at the time of the slay­ings.

Conrad said Larsen did­n’t ask the sur­vivor detailed ques­tions about what her attack­er was wear­ing because he was afraid he would­n’t like the answers. “She was­n’t able to get all those details,” Larsen con­ced­ed, “but, ladies and gen­tle­men, you heard what you need­ed to hear. She knows the peo­ple in her life, and she was able to tell you exact­ly who did this.”

Lights on

Larsen also leaned on a state trooper’s obser­va­tion that lights were on in Thomas’ house at a time when Thomas’ wife, Donna, tes­ti­fied that they were both in bed. Larsen showed the jury the police cruiser’s dash cam video. He said the video showed a light on in the bath­room and the laun­dry room. The pros­e­cu­tor also empha­sized tes­ti­mo­ny by an expert that Hailey’s blood and DNA were on a man’s sneak­er retrieved from the wash­er. Conrad con­tend­ed that DNA labs make mis­takes.

Larsen roamed the court­room in his clos­ing, dis­play­ing the sus­pect­ed mur­der weapon only inch­es away from the jurors, walk­ing over to Thomas to make a point and even sit­ting at the wit­ness stand to evoke empa­thy for the teen sur­vivor who had strug­gled to tes­ti­fy last week. “Imagine what is going through her mind as she is sit­ting here,” said Larsen, who made his sum­ma­tion with­out hold­ing notes. Conrad, by con­trast, often referred to a notepad and kept his dis­tance from the jury.

Jury question

The jury got the case about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday after Reinaker instruct­ed them on the law. Shortly before 2 p.m., the jury returned to the court­room with a ques­tion about rea­son­able doubt and a request to view a dia­gram of the crime scene. In explain­ing rea­son­able doubt, Reinaker said the jury may not con­vict unless all 12 mem­bers con­clude that the pros­e­cu­tion proved its case beyond a rea­son­able doubt. He allowed the jury to take the crime scene dia­gram into the delib­er­a­tion room. About a half hour lat­er, the jury informed the judge it had reached a ver­dict.



Mister Thomas was enti­tled to the pre­sump­tion of inno­cence up to the time he was con­vict­ed in a court of law.
Yes juries do make mis­takes , Police and Prosecutors do act out­side the law some­time for a vari­ety of rea­sons, not the least of which are race and class.

Thomas’ attor­ney hint­ed at race as a fac­tor , sug­gest­ing that state police tar­get­ed him because he was a black man .
What was nev­er chal­lenged in a tan­gi­ble way is the DNA evi­dence found on the pair of men’s shoes the police found in mis­ter Thomas’ house.
Suggesting that Labs make mis­take is not a defense against irrefutable sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence.
Mister Thomas had motive ‚They were wit­ness­es to sex­u­al crimes he was alleged to have com­mit­ted and were about to tes­ti­fy against him.
Irrefutable DNA evi­dence was found in his house .
Black latex gloves and a face-hid­ing bal­a­cla­va mask were found in the trap of a toi­let pipe where Thomas resided.
And his state of mind after his arrest are all indi­ca­tors of guilt.

Thomas told offi­cers to shoot him know­ing full well that the sys­tem of jus­tice he was about to face was a far cry from that which exist in his native Jamaica, where wit­ness­es are sum­mar­i­ly slaugh­tered end­ing in case closed for lack of pros­e­cu­tion.

I chose to talk about this case not because of what Thomas did , or because he is a native of Jamaica .
I chose to talk about this case because what Thomas alleged­ly told state troop­ers after he was arrest­ed.

Shoot me in my head” !!!
Contrary to what any­one tells you , that was a shock­ing con­fes­sion of guilt. An inno­cent per­son can­not wait to prove his inno­cence in a court of law, not want­i­ng to take the easy way out and give up on their life.
That is why many mur­der­ers who kill inno­cent peo­ple take their own lives on the approach of police in the United States.

For years I have spo­ken to the rea­sons Jamaica has such bar­bar­ic mur­der­ers.
I have indi­cat­ed all through­out that the rea­son these mon­sters kill is because they believe they will nev­er be held account­able.
Leeton Thomas knew he was not going to sub­vert the court sys­tem, he knew after his arrest that the gig was up , and he knew with­out a shad­ow of a doubt that once con­vict­ed he would nev­er see the streets again.

Those are the con­di­tions which affect the minds of mur­der­ers when they take the lives of inno­cents, but are too bitch ‑ass cow­ards when it’s time to face the music.
It was that knowl­edge that he would nev­er see the streets again which caused for­mer NFL pay­er Aaron Hernandez take his own life in prison.

That knowl­edge that they will be caught, and once caught they will nev­er see the streets again ‚is the best deter­rent against these mon­sters.
Literally every day there is anoth­er bloody mass mur­der in Jamaica , or two or three .
Despite the inces­sant shed­ding of inno­cent blood the Government’s response to it is a bill which is sup­posed to allow police more lat­i­tude to go after mur­der­ers,.
The prob­lem is that the bill is just that … a bill, not a law, .
Mind you, even if passed, the would-be law, would allow law enforce­ment to cor­don and search des­ig­nat­ed areas , as if that would do any­thing sub­stan­tive about crime.

The laugh­able thing about the bill is that it is still held up await­ing input from tri­al lawyers, JFJ an anti-police lob­by , The Norman Manley Law School , a lib­er­al crim­i­nal cod­dling enti­ty among oth­er so called stake hold­ers.
A lit­er­al tale of two cities as it relates to crime .

For Leeton Thomas it is indeed the worst of times , and so it should be.