A Fool For A Lawyer: Double Murder Defendant Represents Himself Into Rapid Conviction

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It is often said that “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” That adage was most evident this week in Florida as Ronnie Oneal III represented himself into a rapid double murder conviction. Judge Michelle Sisco reportedly told Oneal “I have to tell you, I think in another lifetime, you would have been an outstanding lawyer.” However, it was hard to discern that natural talent after Oneal yelled at jurors in his opening statement and went on to confess in open court to murder.  In fairness to Sisco, she was trying again to convince Oneal to accept counsel, particularly as he moves into the sentencing phrase where he could be sentenced to death.

Oneal lashed out at the government in front of the jury for what he said were “some of the most vicious, lying, fabricating, fictitious government you ever seen.” He assured the jury “I look alone. But I am backed by a mighty God.”

The evidence against Oneal was overwhelming and chilling. He is accused of wounding his girlfriend Kenyatta Barron with a shotgun, then beating her to death. He then allegedly used a hatchet to kill his 9-year-old daughter and wounded his son, then 8, with a knife. His daughter had cerebral palsy and could not speak.  He then set the house on fire.

His son saw the murders committed. When he was pulled from the house, he told police “My daddy killed my mommy.”

The most gut-wrenching moment in the trial came when Oneal cross examined his son, who a police officer has reportedly adopted. Oneal asked “Did I hurt you that night of this incident?” He son said “Yes.”  Oneal then asked “How did I hurt you?” The boy simply responded, “You stabbed me.”

There was also a 911 call from Barron in which she sought help as Oneal yelled in the background.

One key element to a criminal defense is not to pronounce your client’s guilt in open court.  Yet, Oneal did precisely that when he told the jury “I want you to know the actual facts. I did kill Kenyatta Brown. But I want you to tell it like it is, if you are going to tell it.”

After he was quickly convicted, Judge Sisco tried valiantly to convince Oneal to accept a lawyer, including an appeal to his vanity:

“As you are aware, it gets no more serious for any defendant in any criminal courtroom in this country than what you are facing now. I’m really going to strongly encourage you to consider allowing counsel to now step in and represent you. I have to tell you, I think in another lifetime, you would have been an outstanding lawyer. … However, as we move into penalty phase, I really am going to strongly encourage you to allow counsel to now step in and represent you.”

Oneal may still elect to do so but his decision to represent himself could shorten any appeals based on his own trial errors. The Constitution rarely protects against self-inflicted wounds and declaring that you had an incompetent lawyer is more difficult when you are that lawyer.

 

35 thoughts on “A Fool For A Lawyer: Double Murder Defendant Represents Himself Into Rapid Conviction”

  1. Reportedly, Ronnie Oneal III went through extensive legal training by watching such skilled TV masters of law as Perry Mason, Ben Matlock, and Jackie Chiles. Apparently, this Perry Mason closing made a particularly memorable impression on him:

  2. THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON
    by Rudyard Kipling

    It was not part of their blood,
    It came to them very late,
    With long arrears to make good,
    When the Saxon began to hate.

    They were not easily moved,
    They were icy — willing to wait
    Till every count should be proved,
    Ere the Saxon began to hate.

    Their voices were even and low.
    Their eyes were level and straight.
    There was neither sign nor show
    When the Saxon began to hate.

    It was not preached to the crowd.
    It was not taught by the state.
    No man spoke it aloud
    When the Saxon began to hate.

    It was not suddently bred.
    It will not swiftly abate.
    Through the chilled years ahead,
    When Time shall count from the date
    That the Saxon began to hate.

    1. Thanks for the link on high black self-esteem vs. low asian self-esteem.
      A classic example of the Dunning-Kruger effect, explained here: ;
      Kruger’s & Dunning’s original paper can be found here: (PDF).

  3. “It’s the [influence peddling], stupid!”

    – James Carville
    _____________

    “[Law]? We don’t need no stinking [law].”

    – Blazing Saddles
    ______________

    Influence outs law every time.

    This fool should hire Hunter Biden as a “consultant.”

  4. It’s a shame the judge’s face pans out of the camera frame just as he makes his damning declaration to the jury.

  5. Lots of comments here about this or that concerning the defendant. What is missing is the sheer terror that his victims must have gone through as they were wounded or killed. How long will it take before the young boy will stop dreaming about the knife entering his body or seeing his mother and sister chopped to death with a hatchet? Sometimes the benefit of the doubt applies but not in this case. He will be a danger to society and his prison inmates. When he kills an inmate will they deserve to die? Keeping him in solitary confinement will not be tolerated by our society. Though we are faced with a dilemma what should the final answer be?

  6. After he is sentenced some group or another will engage an attorney to assist in his appeal. He will then get a psychiatric evaluation and they will rule him mentally incompetent with an IQ of a rock, which will prevent him from being executed. Taxpayers will then be stuck with supporting him for a lifetime. If the state doesn’t/can’t execute him, perhaps there will be a short life span in prison.

    1. As is his right. Regardless of what one thinks of what O’Neal did or is as a person, his rights do not cease to exist. If he is truly mentally incompetent, then he needs care. If he is mentally competent, then he needs to face his future whatever that may be. As much as this case may inflame passions for or against him, it is always the bigger picture that needs to be addressed. If he needs medical care and does not receive it, it makes it easier to do so to the next case and so forth. Miscarriage of Justice does not protect us. He is guilty and it does not look good for him. However, make sure it is good justice and not convenient justice, even for O’Neal.

  7. OT: I may or may not have posted an earlier article on this, but I think it important for parents to know. I am not advocating mask wearing or not. I am only providing information.

    Lab analysis of childrens’ COVID-19 face masks reveal ‘dangerous’ ‘pathogenic bacteria’
    Meningococcal, pneumonia bacteria detected in used face coverings. …

    Repeated treatments from her child’s pediatrician were not successful in curing the rash. A facial scraping from a dermatologist finally determined it was a fungal infection. The dermatological clinicians said the moisture from the mask was to blame. …

    The reports from the lab found multiple, “quite dangerous” bacteria samples in the tested masks, among them streptococcus pneumoniae, mycobacterium tuberculosis, staphylococcus aureus, and numerous others.

    In some cases, the lab technicians pointedly underscored the dangers presented by the bacteria. Noting the presence of neisseria meningitidis in the masks, the technicians wrote that the bacterium “causes meningitis and life threatening sepsis,” while another bacteria, staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 Strep can result in a “severe invasive infection.”

    The actual organisms can be found at:

    https://alachuachronicle.com/mask-reports-from-lab/

    One has to scroll down with arrow on top left to see the actual organisms.

    I think Karen might have some expertise and if so I would like to hear her comment.

    Article at: https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/coronavirus/lab-analysis-childrens-covid-19-face-masks-reveal-dangerous-pathogenic?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    1. Rage is what we see today as cities burn and as the left rages against anyone who disagrees with them. I wonder if that rage and a bit of his own psychosis contributed to the indoor rant of this bloody killer.

    2. MADNESS AND EVIL ON DISPLAY

      [For the protection of the race of the criminal perpetrators, little to no reporting was done in the MSM.]

      Murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom

      Channon Gail Christian, aged 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom Jr., aged 23, were from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were kidnapped on the evening of January 6, 2007, when Christian’s vehicle was carjacked. The couple was taken to a rental house. Both of them were raped, tortured, and murdered.[1][2][3] Four males and one female were arrested, charged, and convicted in the case. In 2007, a grand jury indicted Letalvis Darnell Cobbins, Lemaricus Devall Davidson, George Geovonni Thomas, and Vanessa Lynn Coleman on counts of kidnapping, robbery, rape, and murder.

      On Saturday, January 6, 2007, Christian and Newsom planned to go out for dinner together and then attend a friend’s party. That afternoon, Christian went to a friend’s apartment to get ready. At around 8:00 pm, Christian’s friend went to the party and Christian stayed behind and waited for Newsom to pick her up. Newsom arrived and he and Christian went to the apartment complex parking lot.

      The assailants observed Christian and Newsom standing close to Christian’s vehicle in an embrace.[38] They then decided to attack the couple. Both were forced into the backseat of Christian’s SUV at gunpoint, had their hands tied behind their backs, and were taken to Davidson’s house at 2316 Chipman Street.[3][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47]

      Both Christian and Newsom were raped. Newsom is believed to have been raped inside Davidson’s house. According to the testimony of the Knox County Acting Medical Examiner, Newsom was sodomized with an object and raped by a minimum of one of the perpetrators.[48][49][50][51] He was then taken to a set of railroad tracks where he forced to walk barefoot to the location where he was murdered. Prosecutors believe a mangled dog leash found on a hillside leading up to the railroad tracks was used to force Newsom to walk to his death.[48] When Newsom was murdered, his hands were bound behind his back and his feet were bound together. He was blindfolded with a bandana and gagged with a sock. He wore only a shirt, t-shirt, and underwear. Newsom was shot in his neck and the back. Newsom was still very much alive, and after a while, they shot him in the back of his head. The fatal shot was fired with the muzzle of the gun against his head above his right ear and severed his brain stem. After killing Newsom, the assailants set his body on fire.[50][51][52][53][54][55]

      Christian was held prisoner inside Davidson’s house, mostly in the north bedroom.[3][50][56] Prosecutors believe that Coleman held Christian captive while the male offenders were murdering Newsom.[57] After murdering Newsom, the assailants returned to Davidson’s house where they beat and repeatedly raped Christian.[41] The medical examiner testified that Christian died after hours of sexual torture, sustaining severe head injuries and suffering severe injuries to her vagina, anus, and mouth due to sexual assaults.[49][54][55][58] Her injuries were consistent with being raped with an object.[54][59] According to the medical examiner, the sexual attack Christian endured was “extreme” and “much more than a simple sexual assault.”[54] Prosecutors believe that Christian was tied to a chair and orally raped by Davidson and Cobbins.[48][49][50] Christian was also anally and vaginally raped. She was also beaten and kicked in her vagina and beaten on the head. Christian suffered extensive hemorrhaging to her head and vaginal area. Additionally, Christian suffered bruises and carpet burns on much of her body.[48][49][50][51][60][61] According to Davidson’s confession, during Christian’s captivity, she said she “didn’t want to die.”[62]

      Before killing her, in an effort to remove DNA evidence, Christian’s attackers poured bleach down her throat and scrubbed her body, including her bleeding and battered genital area with it. Christian was bound in a hog-tied fashion with curtains and strips of bedding. Her face was tightly covered with a small trash bag and her body was stashed in five large trash bags.[46][54][63] Christian, who was naked except for her camisole and sweater, was tied in a fetal position and placed inside a residential waste disposal unit, and covered with sheets. The medical examiner testified at trial that there was evidence that Christian slowly suffocated to death.[46][54][64] Christian died between the afternoon of January 7 and the afternoon of January 8.[43] As Christian was suffocating to death, Davidson left to spend time with his girlfriend and gave her Christian’s personal items. Davidson also used Newsom’s cellphone and was seen wearing Newsom’s shoes.[41]

      – Wiki

      1. George:
        I was visiting Knoxville when this case was tried. Ctizens, black and white, were horrified. St. John Chrysostom used to say that
        “The road to hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lampposts that light the path.” I think this inhuman scum who perped this horror story would make great sewer drains after the male family members of the victims get 15 minutes with them…

        1. “Evil”

          “Horrified”

          Unimaginable

          Completely Incomprehensible

          Are there even words for whatever this was?

  8. I am willing to bet this is not what is really going on. I personally think this is two fold. First: Biden certainly wants to get his agenda through without a doubt. He puts through as much as he can and let’s the chips fall where they may. If he gets it through, it is a win and if the Courts stop it for various reasons that leads to….

    Second: not all losses are equal. Biden can lose in the short term and win in the long run. He loses in Court and then proclaims that the courts are broken. It is a classic tactic used by both sides to push a political agenda. A way to fire up the base to vote a given political way. Demonize the other side to inflame passions.

    What is fascinating is that the press is not covering the losses as they would Trump. Could one imagine if Trump would have lost in court if he tried to give subsidies to only white farmers or men only? The press would had a field day. Not much of a peep when the Courts opinion that Biden Whitehouse used automatic discrimination against a particular group.

    President lose in court, that happens. I personally do not think Biden is a bigot. I think he is trying to do right, but going about it in the wrong way. It will be both interesting and entertaining to see if he tries again on these issues.

    1. Sorry wrong thread. Please disregard this post. I will place it in the correct thread.

    2. Oh no, Biden *is a racist. He gave a eulogy for his friend and mentor Senator Robert Byrd’s funeral in 2010. Byrd was an *actual KKK member. Kamala herself called Joe Biden a racist. Then Jill told people that Kamala could go “F*ck herself.”

  9. “The most gut-wrenching moment in the trial came when Oneal cross examined his son, who a police officer has reportedly adopted.”

    A cop adopted this traumatized child.

    Oh but these Progressive Democrats applaud taking a knee out of respect for criminals while condemning police officers. (Like Kaepernick’s socks).

    1. And conservatives on Jan 6 attacked the capital and brutalized over 130 ,police officers. Killed on gouged out the eye of one caused brain injuries to others. Yea it’s really terrible to take a knee but not to kill and britialize police officers.

      As to this defendant ….he confessed for god’s sake.

      1. JusticeHolmes, please provide a link to footage showing the accuracy of your claims. There are cameras in every corner of the Capitol building. Please don’t provide the footage from the camera loop running inside your head.

  10. Apparently the Judge was very impressed with his handling of his case. “In another life you would of made a great Lawyer” was her comment form the Bench. After he tormented his own Son on the witness stand after trying to kill him!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. No, I think the judge was just trying to convince him to get a lawyer for the penalty phase, and the only way she could do that was to appeal to his ego. She didn’t want this to come back on her with the inevitable appeals. Personally, I think he should be tossed in the nearest alligator pond.

  11. I just love his entrepreneurial spirit by taking on his own legal defense as he has…..and I hope he is equally successful in the sentencing and appeals and gets a speedy execution of sentence.

    Now watch the ACLU, BLM, NAACP and other Leftists proclaim him to be innocent by rights of not having had a fair trial.

    Society has a Right to protect itself from Killers like this one…..and there is but one sure fire way of doing that…..kill him back.

  12. After reading this, the question of mental competence comes up. Curious if he was evaluated pre-trial or if there is a history of issues, say schizophrenia.

    1. I wondered the very same question. He will be sentenced and then appeal. He will lose. I hope others see this and remember to get proper lawyers to protect their rights and if nothing else, to try and mitigate the damage.

    2. Naaawwww, this guy is not a schizophrenic, my brother is, a schizophrenic and bipolar, schizoaffective, to be exact, and I know all about it, all to well, unfortunately.

      This defendant, to me, looks like a severe case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Sociopathic, and Psychopathy tendency….All Cluster B, mind you. The mnemonic, they say Weird, Wild and Wimpy, for Cluster A, B, and C.

      He could be on the Bipolar, Cluster B spectrum. But it’s really hard to say without a full blown evaluation.

      100 % NOT schizophrenic though. They’re just weird, typically. Takes the extra punch, of Cluster B wilds to make a schizophrenic possibly dangerous to other ppl around them, and the impulsivity to act on it.

      1. I also, when I think of someone who went into a full blown rage at another person, I’m thinking Narcissist Rage or Borderline Rage.

        Narcissistic Rage revenge is like a cobra pulling back, calculating, and waiting for a chance to snap. They typically plan and prep before the do something horrible to someone else…to get back at them.

        Borderline Rage is like a chicken with its head cut off, it goes into a full blown psychosis and runs around damaging property and hurting others, but it isn’t a well-thought out agenda. It’s usually triggered and reactive.

        Narcissist always plan and action, Borderlines react.

        He seems more Narc to me, considering he thinks it’s a good idea to rep himself in court. IMO. LOL.

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