We undoubtably believe that Michelle's boyfriend, Jeremy Banks, an officer with the St. Johns County Sherriff's Department, killed her and claimed she committed suicide. But after Jeremy told his fellow officers his story - that Michelle broke up with him and took her own life - the St. Johns County sheriff's department effectively stopped their investigation. Jeremy was never treated like a suspect - police treated him like a brother.
No evidence was tested, no family or neighbors were interviewed and no data was downloaded from Michelle's cellphone despite the fact that she had never shown signs of being suicidal before. Michelle would never have taken her own life. She loved her four-year-old daughter, Alexis too much. She had just received a promotion for a job she was supposed to start the next day. She sent a text to her sister stating she was leaving to get her daughter and less than 5 minutes later was shot and killed.
There are two neighbors who stated they heard a woman cry for help, then a shot, another cry for help, and another shot. They passed FBI issued polygraph tests.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement believes without a doubt that this was a homicide and still State Attorney Brad King refuses to take this case to a grand jury. In March of 2012 the FDLE wrote to King: "It is my office's opinion based on the facts of this case and your memorandum that this case clearly warrants an Inquest into the death of Michelle O'Connell…"
We are calling on Governor Rick Scott to honor the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s request for a coroner’s inquest into the shooting death of Michelle O’Connell because the evidence is not consistent with a suicide. In ordering this inquest, the message will be sent that the protection of women involved in domestic conflicts will get the full benefit of the law.
The case was reassigned to Special Prosecutor Jeff Ashton but it is our understanding they are not looking at all of the evidence in the case, only some new evidence. We know in order to achieve Justice for Michelle we need them to look at all of the information and its totality. We are trying to raise money to have a new coroner do an autopsy since the first one was not completed and documented properly. We feel that having a new autopsy will bring foward new evidence that was missed and gives us a great chance for justice. The funds donated to this campaign will be collected my Michelle's mother Patty O'Connell once we have reached our goal and will be used only to cover the expense of exhuming Michelle, paying for an autopsy and having a new coroner review the evidence.
Please watch the PBS Frontline documentary: “A Death in St. Augustine” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/death-in-st-augustine/
Read the New York Times investigation “Two Gunshots on a Summer Night”
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