In non-school shooting, but equally as disturbing, news, the Dunbar Village gang rapists are back in the news. In case you’ve never heard of this story back in 2007, a group of four teens committed the home invasion of a mother and her son in the Dunbar Village housing project in West Palm Beach, Florida. The quartet not only gang raped the woman but they forced her to have sex with her 12-year-old son. The four tried setting their victims on fire, but when they couldn’t find a lighter they doused their victims in cleaning fluids to try to remove any DNA evidence. Three of them were sentenced to life and the fourth was sentenced to 30 years after turning on his friends. Two of the suspects, Jakaris Taylor and Nathan Walker, had their life sentences reduced to 60 years after the Supreme Court ruled that life sentences for teens were unconstitutional.
Of course, being reduced from a life sentence to a 60 year sentence just isn’t enough for a pair of rapists. Now their attorney is arguing for an even further reduced sentence. As usual, their argument contains the same old tired tropes…
“What the U.S Supreme Court has said is that juveniles need to be treated just as that, as juveniles. That their brain is still growing in essence that their ability to understand clearly right from wrong and control their actions is not fully formed. Their brain is not fully formed when they’re teenagers,” said Defense Attorney Gregg Lerman.
Same old, same old. If teenagers don’t allegedly have the brain capacity to realize that gang rape, forced incest, and trying to set someone on fire was wrong then they shouldn’t have the ability to dress themselves or use a fork without stabbing themselves in the eye. If anything their life sentences should be reinstated.
“They need to be punished. They need to be sentenced to prison time, but there should be some opportunity to show that they can be rehabilitated and be put back into society,” said Lerman.
What does it say to their victims to put them back into society? Their victims have to live their lives with the horrible memory of this atrocity. They shouldn’t have to worry about their assailants being back out on the streets and running into them again. Kids or not, these rapists are nothing short of monsters and don’t deserve to breathe the air outside of a prison ever again.
Much like his cohort Nathan Walker, Dunbar Village gang rapist Jakaris Taylor has been re-sentenced to 60 years. Taylor had been given a life sentence for his role in one of the most heinous crimes I’ve ever posted but had to be re-sentenced because of the Supreme Court’s idiotic ruling that teens could only be given life sentences in cases of murder.
Taylor and three others were convicted of gang raping a woman and making the woman’s young son having sex with her. The group also used guns and bottles to rape the woman. Why the Supreme Court doesn’t think that this isn’t worthy of a life sentence is beyond me. They just keep giving criminals more rights than their victims. As I have said before the woman and her son will have to live with this for the rest of their lives. So should the perpetrators regardless of their age.
Tommy Poindexter, Jakaris Taylor and Nathan Walker were all sentenced to life in prison for their parts in the infamous brutal gang rape that took place in the Dunbar Village development in West Palm Beach.
There were the usual courtroom histrionics that should be expected in these cases. There were also family members of the convicted making the usual excuses of how they all had hard childhoods. None of which outweighs the fact that they gang raped a woman and forced her to have sex with her son.
The remaining rapist, Avion Lawson, is set to be sentenced in December.
And let’s not forget there are still several suspects that have yet to be caught.
The trial of Jakaris Taylor for his role in the Dunbar Village gang rape began this week and I’m amazed at his defense. Through his attorney Taylor claims that not only did he go into the victim’s apartment to persuade the others to leave, how benevolent of him, but that he didn’t actually participate in the gang rape but simulated a sex act on the victim because Tommy Poindexter had guns pointed at him.
A Florida circuit court judge is splitting up the trials of the 4 suspects from the Dunbar Village gang rape case in West Palm Beach.
If you’ll recall the four suspects are accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment, gang raping her and forcing her to have sex with her own 12-year-old son.
Tommy Poindexter and Nathan Walker will be tried in August with the trial of Avion Lawson and Jakaris Taylor starting in September. However each will have his own 6-member jury. I’ve never heard of that before. If there are any legal experts out there is this not uncommon?
For those of you unfamiliar with this story back in June of 2007 a group of youths broke into the Dunbar Village apartment of a woman and her son in West Palm Beach, Florida. The assailants not only gang raped the woman but they forced her to have sex with her own young son. They then threw cleaning fluids on the woman to try to hide DNA evidence. It still stands as one of, if not the worst, story I’ve ever posted.
Anyway the most recent update is that suspects Avion Lawson, 16, Jakaris Taylor, 17, and Tommy Poindexter, 20, have been ordered to have their finger and palm prints taken and to submit handwriting samples. I can understand the handwriting samples but shouldn’t they have their prints already? If someone in law enforcement wants to answer that question for me please feel free.
Also the confession of Lawson has been ruled admissible. His defense attorney argued that he invoked his right to remain silent prior to confessing but the judge ruled that Lawson did not invoke his right. However parts of a confession given by Taylor were ruled inadmissible with the judge saying that Taylor did invoke his right.
Confessions or not I think the evidence against them is rather overwhelming.
The plea deal for Dunbar Village gang rape suspect Jakaris Taylor has been taken off the table. Taylor previously reached a plea deal that would have put him behind bars for 20 years if he testified against the other suspects, Nathan Walker, Avion Lawson and Tommie Poindexter.
Taylor has refused to answer questions from the attorneys representing the other suspects.
In November of 2007, Taylor and his cohorts allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment in the Dunbar Village apartments and gang raped the woman and forced her to have sex with her 12-year-old son.
Now Taylor will be going to trial with the others. That trial is scheduled to start in May.
Back in November of 2007 prosecutors reached a plea agreement with then 16-year-old Jakaris Taylor in the Dunbar Village gang rape case. Taylor received a 20 year sentence in the matter and would have been spared three consecutive life sentences. However that was with the agreement that he would testify against the other suspects.
Now prosecutors want to revoke that deal since Taylor has been uncooperative in the matter and try him along with the other suspects, Nathan Walker, Avion Lawson and Tommie Poindexter.
If you’ll recall the four are accused of gang raping a woman and forcing her to have sex with her 12-year-old son.
Previously Taylor had allegedly told one of his otrher co-defendants that “real niggas don’t take pleas”. That kind of attitude will get you three life sentences. For what these scumbags did I have no problem with that.
Police have asked the State Attorney’s Office to issue arrest warrants for two more juveniles in the notorious Dunbar Village rape case, where a mother and son were brutalized for hours, West Palm Beach police said Friday.
One of the four teens arrested, Jakaris Taylor, accepted a plea deal that required his testimony. He identified two other juvenile defendants and police filed the charges with the State Attorney’s Office.
Hopefully those arrest warrants will be issued and all scumbags involved will be brought to justice.