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.
It’s been a long time since I last posted about the Dunbar Village gang rape. In case you’re new here back in 2007 a group of kids gang raped a woman in the Dunbar Village housing complex in West Palm Beach, Florida. Not only was she gang raped but they forced her young son to have sex with her and then doused them both with cleaning fluids to try to destroy evidence.
Nathan Walker was 16 at the time he committed the crime. He was charged as an adult and sentenced to life in prison. However the U.S. Supreme Court struck down this sentence stating that juveniles should only be sentenced to life in cases of murder. So Walker will now receive a new sentence.
Apparently the Supreme Court thinks that gang rape and forced incest is not worth a life sentence. I would imagine most of my readers would think it deserves a death sentence no matter his age. The Supreme court is sending the wrong message by negating the life sentence. You won’t go to jail for life kids as long as you don’t commit murder. Everything else is fair game though.
UPDATE 8/4/2011:He got 60 years. The judge says it was the closest to life that he could be sentenced to.
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.
Both Tommy Poindexter and Nathan Walker were convicted by their respective juries in the Dunbar Village gang rape trial.
Poindexter was convicted on eight of 13 counts. The jury found him not guilty on several counts related to the suspects having forced the mother to perform oral sex on her son. Walker was convicted on 11 of 14 counts, and his jury did find him guilty in the mother-son sex acts.
Poindexter is looking at 11 life sentences and Walker is looking at 8. Sentencing is scheduled for October 13th.
Here’s what happened after Poindexter was convicted…
He looked over his shoulder as he was led out of the courtroom and mouthed, “I love you,” to family members in the gallery. They cried and quickly left the courtroom, shouting obscenities as they walked from the building.
Real class. I’m guessing the rotten apple didn’t fall too far from the poisoned tree.
Poindexter and Walker were both teens charged as adults at the time of the crime. The people who normally think teens should never be charged as adults never made comment one on this case but that may have more to do with the suspects’ skin color than anything.
The woman who was gang raped by 10 individuals at the Dunbar Village apartments in West Palm Beach took the stand today to recount her horrifying experience to the court.
She said she heard her then 12-year-old son being beaten while she was being raped and that they were laughing the entire time.
Both of them were force into the shower and told to clean off. It was then she was forced to perform oral sex on her own son. That was when they had cleaning solutions dumped on them to further try to hide evidence.
She said the suspects were looking for a lighter in order to set them on fire. The victim says she had one but lied about and luckily they didn’t find it.
The woman and her son walked a mile barefoot to the ER after the suspects left.
The victim was wearing dark glasses in court saying she had permanent eye damage from the cleaning fluids and permanent internal damage from the rapes.
And in a shocking turn of events the prosecution says it’s look to rest its case tomorrow.
I just find it aggravating that the most that the scumbags Poindexter and Walker could get is a couple of life sentences. Whatever happened to hard labor? Oh that’s right, it went away when prisoners’ rights became more important than the victims’.
I’m behind schedule again so I’m just going to post the links to the highlights of today’s testimony.
Co-defendant Avion Lawson testified today that Tommy Poindexter was the ringleader behind the home invasion and gang rape. However under cross-examination he admitted that the guns used belong to his cousin and he basically called Poindexter a retard.
Apparently that was the only highlight today.
Tomorrow Lawson is scheduled to testify against Nathan Walker.
Crappy testimony aside I seriously doubt either Poindexter or Walker will go free.
Today is the opening day of the trial for Dunbar Village gang rape suspects Nathan Walker and Tommy Poindexter. Their fate will be decided by two separate juries.
Walker’s attorney makes the grandiose claim that there is little evidence to support that Walker was even involved in the various crimes he’s accused of.
Poindexter’s attorney made the more reasonable statement that her client was part of the group that gang raped a woman and made her have sex with her son but that he’s not guilty of the 11 crimes he’s charged with. I said more reasonable statement and I didn’t say it was necessarily truthful.
The prosecution said that the evidence including DNA is insurmountable.
Both of them are Poindexter and Walker are looking at 11 life sentences.
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?
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.