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heidi salazar

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Tavares Calloway Sentenced to Death in 5 1997 FL Murders
« on: July 31, 2009, 06:49:05 AM »
Convicted killer of 5 may receive death penalty

A Miami man was convicted of executing five men inside a Liberty City apartment in January 1997 during a drug heist.

BY DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

Tavares Calloway, convicted Thursday of executing five men in a Liberty City drug heist in 1997, must now face the same jurors who found him guilty -- and his life hangs in the balance.

The 12-person jury will reconvene Sept. 14 to decide if Calloway should be put to death.

Tammy Robinson, aunt of victim Trenton Thomas, wants death.

``Because you reap what you sow,'' she said, puffy-eyed but smiling after jurors delivered their guilty verdict.

The panel convicted Calloway of five counts of first-degree murder and one count each of robbery with a firearm, kidnapping and burglary of an occupied dwelling.

The decision capped a three-month trial, another chapter in a 12-year-old case that Miami police detectives called one of the bloodiest crime scenes in recent memory.

Calloway and another man seeking drugs and money stormed an apartment in January 1997, hogtied five men, taped their mouths shut and removed their pants. After debating whom to leave alive, Calloway methodically shot each in the head, prosecutors said.

The dead were drug dealers Adolphus ``Tank'' Melvin, 27; Gary St. Charles, 22; Thomas, 26; Frederick McGuire, 31, and Melvin's visiting nephew, Derwin Bernard Copeland, 28.

The case remained cold for more than a year until detectives investigating another murder learned about Antonio Clark, whose fingerprint was matched to one at the massacre scene. He led police to Calloway, who detectives said also confessed in detail.

Clark was convicted last year. He is serving life.

With no fingerprints, physical evidence or eyewitnesses to the gunfire to link Calloway to the murders, his confession became the focal point of the case.

Calloway, during trial, testified that homicide detectives pressured him to falsely confess with the promise it would help catch the real killers.

Jurors began deliberating Monday. They were sequestered in an undisclosed hotel.

In the crowded courtroom of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dava Tunis on Thursday, a clerk read: ``Guilty on count one.''

Shelby Goodman, Melvin's cousin, gasped. He clapped loudly. Tears streamed down his cheeks. Tunis silenced the room. Guilty on all counts, the clerk continued.

Calloway, dressed in a purple dress shirt and gray sweater vest, betrayed no emotion.

He shook the hands of his attorneys, Sydney Smith and Scott Sakin, saluted his family and surrendered to corrections deputies.

``He understands the process. He understands we have to fight further,'' Sakin said.

Outside court, prosecutor Susan Dechovitz, fighting back tears, hugged family members and Al Borges, the lead detective.

``It's been a long journey, particularly for the families,'' Borges said. ``For 12 years they've been going through this.''

Goodman, now calmed, grimaced, saying: ``In total, the entire community lost seven people: five victims and two defendants. We won, but in reality, the city of Miami lost.''


http://www.miamiherald.com/news/5min/story/1165081.html

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'Mini-trial' begins on whether Liberty City killer of 5 should get death penalty

 The sentencing phase begins Tuesday for a man convicted of executing five men inside a Liberty City apartment 13 years ago during a drug heist.

After what is expected to be a week of testimony, a Miami-Dade jury will recommend to Circuit Judge Dava Tunis whether Tavares Calloway should die in Florida's electric chair or receive a life sentence.

``The sentencing phase is like a mini-trial,'' Sydney Smith, one of Calloway's attorneys, said Monday. ``We expect there will be a decision on what will happen to him by next week.''

In July, jurors convicted Calloway, 31, of five counts of first-degree murder and one count each of robbery with a firearm, kidnapping and burglary of an occupied dwelling.

Miami police detectives called the murders one of the bloodiest crime scenes in recent memory.

The victims were found bound, gagged and shot in the head.

Calloway and another man seeking drugs and money stormed an apartment in January 1997, hogtied five men, taped their mouths shut and removed their pants.

After debating whom to leave alive, Calloway methodically shot each in the head, prosecutors said at trial.

The dead were drug dealers Adolphus Melvin, 27; Gary St. Charles, 22; Trenton Thomas, 26; Frederick McGuire, 31; and Melvin's visiting nephew, Derwin Bernard Copeland, 28.

The case remained cold for more than a year until detectives investigating another murder learned about Antonio Clark, whose fingerprint was matched to one at the massacre scene. He led police to Calloway, who detectives said also confessed in detail.

Clark has been convicted. He is serving a life sentence. With no fingerprints, physical evidence or eyewitnesses to the gunfire to link Calloway to the murders, his confession became the focal point of the case.

Calloway testified at his trial that homicide detectives pressured him to falsely confess with the promise it would help catch the real killers.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/fl-liberty-city-massacre-20100126,0,6398510.story

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"Miami-Dade jury will recommend to Circuit Judge Dava Tunis whether Tavares Calloway should die in Florida's electric chair or receive a life sentence."

Journalist FAIL ::)
JT's Ridiculous Quote of the Century:
"I'm disgusted with the State for even putting me in this position."
-- Reginald Blanton, Texas death row.  As of October 27, 2009, Reggie's position has been in a coffin.

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Re: Jury recommends DP for Tavares Calloway convicted of 5 murders in 1997.
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010, 06:30:42 PM »
Death recommended for man convicted of killing 5

MIAMI (AP) - A jury is recommending the death penalty for a man convicted of executing five men during a drug theft at a Miami area apartment 13 years ago.

Thirty-1-year-old Tavares Calloway was found guilty in July of 5 counts of first-degree murder and one count each of robbery with a firearm, kidnapping and burglary of an occupied dwelling. Judge Dava Tunis has the final say in the sentencing.

In January 1997, prosecutors say Calloway and another man stormed a Liberty City apartment, hogtied five men, taped their mouths shut and removed their pants. Calloway shot each man in the head.

State Attorney Fernandez Rundle said Thursday it was a heinous act meriting the death penalty.

Clark was convicted last year and is serving life in prison.

http://www.nbc-2.com/global/story.asp?s=11934750

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"Miami-Dade jury will recommend to Circuit Judge Dava Tunis whether Tavares Calloway should die in Florida's electric chair or receive a life sentence."

Journalist FAIL ::)

 Given that he was likely born in 1978, it's quite probable that he was named after the group from the disco era.

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Re: Tavares Calloway Sentenced to Death in 5 1997 FL Murders
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2010, 03:30:03 PM »
Miami man sentenced to die for 1997 quintuple murder
 

Tavares Calloway, convicted of executing five men in a Liberty City drug heist in 1997, must be executed for his crimes, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Friday.

Calloway and another man seeking drugs and money stormed an apartment in January 1997, hogtied five men, taped their mouths shut and removed their pants. After debating whom to leave alive, Calloway methodically shot each in the head, prosecutors said.

In July 2009, Miami-Dade jurors convicted Calloway on five counts of first-degree murder. They later recommended death as punishment.

Four of the dead were drug dealers Adolphus ``Tank'' Melvin, 27; Gary St. Charles, 22; Thomas, 26; Frederick McGuire, 31. Also killed: Melvin's visiting nephew, Derwin Bernard Copeland, 28.

``Nothing, sir, can right the wrong the jury found you committed against these innocent victims,'' Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dava Tunis said Friday.

Calloway, 32, showed no emotion when Tunis announced the sentence.



http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/01/1852516/miami-man-sentenced-to-die-for.html

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Re: Tavares Calloway Sentenced to Death in 5 1997 FL Murders
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2010, 08:04:45 PM »
I was just watching a show on TV featuring this idiot.

He's one big bad boy - hope he's on the list soon
Some people say I’m a horrible person, but it’s not true!  I have the heart of an innocent girl….in a jar, on my desk

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