Earl Travis Deans Jr., of Pikeville, in Wayne County was arrested on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, and slapped with charges which include: second degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and assault on a female. Of note is that Mr. Deans was not charged with attempted murder. Outstanding charges against Mr. Deans included: five counts of failure to appear in court, and two counts of failure to pay child support.
According to law enforcement, current charges stemmed from a Sunday, July 11th argument between Deans, 34, and his on again, off again 24 year-old girlfriend. He is alleged to have imprisoned the woman since Sunday by tying her up with phone cord and locking her in a bedroom closet until her escape three days later on Wednesday, July 14th. During her captivity, sheriff’s officials state that the young lady was beaten and burned with a curling iron, and presented physically with bruises and burns all over her body. Wayne County sheriff’s Captain Tom Effler stated that Deans also cut off all her scalp hair. After the three days of torture, the victim of Deans was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital where she was hospitalized.
Deans’s past criminal history, which dates back to 1997, includes a conviction for assault on a female, and simple assault. He served a three months jail sentence for a 2008 conviction of resisting a public officer and violations for his probation for assault on a female and larceny in 2007.
Now despite the seriousness of charges against him, his past violent criminal past record, and his failure to appear five times in court, Mr. Deans’s bail was set at only $103,000. This amount is approximately one-tenth the bail set for Crystal Mangum on trumped up charges filed against her on February 18, 2010. In that incident, Ms. Mangum was attacked and beaten by her ex-boyfriend, and committed no criminal act. The one million dollar bail levied, and the ludicrous charges leveled against her were nothing more than payback for her role in the Duke Lacrosse case. Not unlike the February 17th incident, Ms. Mangum was a victim in the lacrosse case, as well. In short, the current criminal boondoggle is a prime example of North Carolina’s vendetta justice.
To add insult to injury, Mr. Deans will not be required to be placed under house arrest or electronic monitoring if he bonds out. Although released under a $100,000 bail, the house arrest order that Ms. Mangum has been placed under is purely malicious, unwarranted, and cruel… again, representing North Carolina’s vendetta justice.
Ms. Mangum, after her hearing on Monday, July 12, 2010, theoretically remains under house arrest, which because of a few hours on weekdays during which she is at liberty to leave the confines of the house is euphemistically referred to as “electronic surveillance.” She has some unrestricted freedom to move about away from the house, but only during the weekday hours of 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. From 5:00 pm until 8:00 am, and on weekends she is confined to the residence under which she is on house arrest.
Crystal Mangum, just like former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong, is being persecuted by the state because of her link to the Duke Lacrosse case, and the media is working hard to pull a Jedi mind-trick on the public in order to demonize her just like it did Mr. Nifong. The selective justice and special treatment that is blatantly administered should be recognized by the people for what it is… an infringement on the rights of all the people to be treated with “equal justice for all.”