DNA, Police Beatings, A Very Angry Pit Bull, and Yet Another Taser Story

After serving 14 years in North Carolina’s prison system, Joseph Lamont Abbitt is out – a free man. In 1991, a 16 year-old girl and her 13 year-old sister accused Abbitt of raping them. They even identified him in a police line up. Abbitt was found guilty and convicted of two counts of first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, and two counts of first-degree kidnapping. However, The Innocence Commission took a look at the evidence and decided to take  Abbitt’s case. Their efforts were rewarded. DNA testing conducted by the NC State Bureau of Investigation and LabCorp of Raleigh, proved without a doubt that Abbitt could not have been the perpetrator of the crimes

Judge A. Moses Massey vacated Abbitt’s sentence yesterday. Now the former prisoner is free to ask the governor of North Carolina for a pardon. If granted the pardon, Abbitt is eligible to receive $700,000 from the state, $50,000 for each year he served behind bars.

Mr. Abbitt says he has few plans. “I’m like a child now. I don’t know what to do,” he said.

*LabCorp conducts many of the DNA testing in high profile cases in the U.S. Their chief scientist has provided information for this blog. The company also played a role in the research for Patricia Cornwell’s first book, Postmortem.

*JournalNow photo

This One’s Bite Is Worse Than His Bark

A Cumberland County, N.C. sheriff’s deputy responded to a complaint about a dog. While parked in a driveway near the suspect’s residence, a pit bull (not the canine suspect) began to attack the officer’s tires. The animal managed to bite through the rubber, deflating all four tires.

It’s Taser An Old Man Day in Wyoming. Y’all Come!

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Police Tasered 76 year-old Bud Grose over a dispute about where a parade route ended. Police failed to communicate that important information to the tractor drivers. Grose, thinking he and other tractor drivers had permission to drive around a barricade, headed to the after-parade tractor pull. Officers didn’t see it that way. They thought Grose was not obeying their commands and shot him 5 times with their Tasers. Oh, I forgot to mention that a 9 year-old boy was a passenger on Grose’s tractor during the fracus. Officers did take the time to remove the lad from the John Deere before blasting Grose.

Townspeople attending the festive event nearly rioted when they saw what was happening. Seven officers have since been placed on administrative leave.

Beaumont, Texas… Again!

Two Beaumont, Texas police officers have been indicted for beating an unarmed suspect. The video speaks for itself.

* Note from the staff at The Graveyard Shift – Please keep in mind that these unfortunate incidents are NOT the norm. Most police officers are good people. They’re trained to protect us, not harm us. The story about the pit bull is probably not typical either.

4 replies
  1. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    I wish they had a video of the dog chewing the tires.

    I remember a night back when I was with the sheriff”s office when two very large German Shepherds sent me high-tailing it back to my patrol car. I was in the process of serving a jury summons when they rounded the corner of the house at full gallop.

    It was a bit embarrassing when a tiny little girl with braided pigtails, maybe 9 or 10 years-old, came out to save me by calling them off.

    By the way, a pit bull in Jacksonville, N.C. was euthanized this week after chewing the toes off a four-month-old baby while the child’s mother slept nearby. The mothers says she didn’t hear a thing. She and her boyfriend, the baby’s father, have both been charged with felony child abuse.

  2. queenofmean
    queenofmean says:

    That is funny about the dog. You wonder what possessed it to do that. Maybe he was friends with the canine suspect or maybe the deputy was in his parking spot?

  3. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Well, since the dog didn’t attack the deputy or anyone else – it just made a meal of the four tires – the animal was released to the custody of its owner. However, the pet owner was billed $500 for the four tires.

  4. Carla F
    Carla F says:

    Can I ask what happened to the pit bull? I can’t imagine they’d consider a dog that would bite through 4 police cruiser tires to be a safe pet for the neighborhood.

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