By Marty Carlson


JUNE 7, 2006: Balbir Boyal, owner of BK’s Liquor, Food & Gas on Riverside Drive, is shot and killed during an attempted robbery.

JUNE 15,2006: Edward Deandre Mitchell of Modesto and Laron Tavon Davis, of Ceres are arrested and charged in the crimes.

July 2017: 11 years later Edward DeAndre Mitchell was acquitted on the homicide charges but was convicted on 3 robberies.

Laron Davis case in this is already been adjudicated in fact he is no longer in custody and has served his time.

Also of note Frank Carson was his attorney,

My focus in this article is the case of Edward DeAndre Mitchell who was arrested on June 15, 2006 he has been in custody the entire time and was not taken to trial until May of 2017, this week a jury acquitted Mitchell on the homicide charges.

One of the witnesses that testified against Mitchell is a gentleman by the name of James Williams. Williams had first implicated Mitchell in the string of robberies in 2006 were obviously the last one turned violent.

In June 2006 Williams was arrested on suspicion of robbing a convenience store where at that time Williams insisted Mitchell was responsible for the robberies until investigator showed him a picture from a video of him doing the robberies himself.

David Heatley, Mitchell’s attorney has told the jury that Williams is a heroin addict and a member of a notorious Oakland street gang defense attorney has suggested that Davis lied to authorities to get his plea deal and avoid identifying Williams as the man responsible for the violent robberies.

He also said that Williams is supposedly a member of the Oakland “nutcase” street gang, which the members are known for committee robberies and gratuitous murders during some of those robberies.

All this are things that typically go on in these types of cases.

My main focus of this article is Edward Mitchell was arrested in June 2006 and did not get to trial until May 2017. Why does it take 11 years to get a homicide case to trial when you have this type of evidence by the way of witnesses and he was arrested right away?

There seems to be a pattern here in Stanislaus County where cases are continually drawn out and never adjudicated. A recent commentary by Warren Yates, it was noted 100 continuances in the Mark Davis cases that had five pending felony charges.

We have people in the Frank Carson case, like Mike Cooley and Eula Keyes, who are witnesses who have pending minor drug charges but continue to have more than 50 continuances in a case that started in 2014. See Stanislaus County court case # 1471029 and 1453918

This is also noted in the Sabrina Romero case, where there were at least 25 continuances, and she walked away with a misdemeanor on a $12,000 embezzlement charge. In addition, they did not even notify the victim, her former employer, that a deal had been struck and she would be playing out. According to Marcy’s law the victim is entitled to make an impact statement to the court prior to sentencing in the victim in this case was denied that opportunity. In addition, the minute order which was placed on Dawgs Blog showed no order of restitution to the victim.

British Prime Minister William E Gladstone stated in an 1868 speech that justice delayed is justice denied, how we have evolved into such a long-drawn system to adjudicate our court cases is beyond me. There are many people starting to ask these questions and there’s finger-pointing going on by everybody involved but nobody willing to take responsibility or take the bull by the horns.

Is it a love of the criminal element by the law enforcement community in this county?

Stanislaus County district attorney Birgit Fladager has been quoted as saying they relish and work hard to develop informants in cases. Is this one of the ways that they do it by wearing people down over a long period of time to get more Information especially from the criminal element?

It appears that we have more criminals running the streets with pending cases and pending sentences that we actually have going to jail or prison or being held accountable because of their willingness, eagerness, and the open-door policy to these criminals by law enforcement in this county. It does not lead to a safer community because anybody can become a victim of the system by these people who are out to save their own bacon and are not concerned about anything else. These people are also committing a large amount of crimes in their daily activities so the community is being victimized in many ways, especially in the tax dollars spent in prosecutions like in the Frank Carson case which is estimated over $7 million at this point.

What is the impact on the victims families that are waiting for justice to be done, those are the same people that are supposed to be representing the victims not endorsing criminal behavior.

You guys tell me what you think the solutions are.