ADA ROGER KING
"ROGER KING" PHILADELPHIA ASSISANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Roger Eugena King (Hereinafter "ADA Roger King"), one of seven children, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, entered the University of Southern California in 1964. After graduating from USC in 1967, he enrolled in law school at UCLA, and obtained his law degree in 1970.
Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia in October 1973, he worked for the Federal Trade Commission, and then for a law firm in Beverly Hills California. In 1976, he moved to the "Homicide Unit" of the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia, which he still is a member of today at age 61.
In a 1995 newspaper article, ADA Roger King was lauded by the District Attorney of Philadelphia, Lynn Abraham as, "He is just simply the best." Within this same newspaper article, ADA Roger King was further revealed to be, "...The Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth of Homicide Prosecutors, Responsible for sending more killers to death row than anyone else in the History of Pennsylvania." (See: Exhibit -Philadelphia Daily News Newspaper, March 6, 1995, P.M. Edition, Page 4)
After reviewing this site, perhaps the Philadelphia Daily News Newspaper would like to rescind that article and rewrite that, "He (Roger King) is the rottenness, most slimy of Homicide Prosecutors, responsible for sending for falsely accused and unjustly convicted persons to death row and having life imprisonment sentences imposed, than anyone else in the history of any prosecutor in Pennsylvania."
We could dedicate this entire site to show instances of how ignominiously the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia and ADA Roger King have been during his tenure in the "Homicide Unit" of the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia.
Instead, we will preview a few cases in which ADA Roger King, was unsuccessful in obtaining a conviction upon two different groups of young African American males, due to faulty and misleading investigations, the same as in Isaiah 'Button' Givens case, except, these young men were able to prevail the on-slaught of ADA Roger King false misrepresentation of them and the crime they were falsely accused of committing, due to adequate and meaningful representation and proper investigation by their defense counsel, as oppose to the lack thereof in the case of "Commonwealth Of Pennyslvania vs. Isaiah 'Button' Givens".
In May 1997, a spokesperson for the Police Department of Philadelphia announced the arrest of an alleged murderous West Philadelphia Drug Gang, reportedly headed by "James 'Heads' Drayton", who along with "Walter Williams" was charged with four (4) counts of murder, and that "James 'Heads' Drayton" was currently awaiting trial on a murder charge in connection with a fifth (5th) murder. That seven (7) other members of the gang had been arrested on lesser charges, including, racketeering and conspiracy counts. (See: Exhibit-Philadelphia Daily News Newspaper Article-May 27, 1997, Page 12).
On July 28, 1997, ADA Roger King and his investigative team, marched into a Philadelphia Courtroom full of media and spectators, and informed the court that; "James 'Heads' Drayton" and his co-defendants had placed a contract out on his life. (See: Exhibit-Philadelphia Daily News Newspaper Article, July 29, 1997, Page 3). Although, ADA Roger King withdrew such allegations, the damage had already been done in the court of public opinion against "James 'Heads' Drayton" and his co-defendants. An investigative probe into said allegation was never substantiated.
ADA Roger King team of investigators further testified during a continuation of this same proceeding that, "guns linked to the (James 'Heads' Drayton) gang were used in more than 36 slayings since 1989". (See: Exhibit-Philadelphia Daily News Newspaper Article, August 15, 1997, Page 9)
On January 28, 1998, a jury sitting before the Common Plea Court of Philadelphia, in which ADA Roger King was the lead prosecutor, found James 'Heads' Drayton "Not Guilty" of first (1st) Degree Murder. (See: Exhibit-Philadelphia Daily News Newspaper Article, January 29, 1998, Page 10). ADA Roger King was devastated. However, James 'Heads' Drayton and his co-defendants had four (4) more murder and racketeering charges still to address, in which they would face ADA Roger King again.
Nevertheless, after motions were filed before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in behalf of James 'Heads' Drayton and his co-defendants, in which on January 13, 2004, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that:
"The District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia acted in "Bad Faith" by pressing a "groundless pre-trial appeal" while the defendants (James 'Heads' Drayton and his co-defendants) remained in jail too long awaiting trial". (See: Exhibit-Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper Article, August 3, 2004, Page 7).
The Pennsylvania Speedy Trial Rule requires that defendants be tried within one (1) year of their arrest. James 'Heads' Drayton and his co-defendants sat in jail for six (6) years (1997 to 2004) awaiting for the District Attorney of Philadelphia and the lead prosecutor (ADA Roger King) in their case, to bring them to trial. It was ADA Roger King who intentionally acted in "Bad Faith" by pressing the groundless pre-trial appeal, because, ADA Roger King could not bring James 'Heads' Drayton and his co-defendants to trial accordingly and pursuant to the law, because he had no evidence, and he falsely accused these young men of being a murderous, sinister gang, which he had no evidence to support his accusation of these innocent young men, whom he tried to unjustly convict. Was that not ignominious?
In August 2004, James 'Heads' Drayton and all of his co-defendants were released from prison, after sitting in prison from 1997 to 2004, based upon the vision of grander of ADA Roger King. If not for the intervention of Pennsylvania State Highest Court, these young men would still be sitting in prison today, untried, because ADA Roger King wanted them to.
On December 28, 2000, at 816 North Lex Street, in the city of Pennsylvania, the worst mass murder in the city's history occurred, which brought about the murders of seven (7) other individuals inside the above said dwelling, which was alleged to have been a 'crack house'. City Officials alleged that the murders occurred because of a "price war between rival drug dealers".
Two (2) weeks after the mass murders, "Jermel Lewis" gave a confession to the Philadelphia Police, alleging that, "Sacon Youk, Quiante Perrin and Hezekiah Thomas" were the killers, and that he did not fire his gun, which led to the arrest of "Youk, Perrin, and Thomas".
The lead prosecutor in the case was none other than ADA Roger King, and his key prosecution witness was one (1) of three (3) survivors of the massacre, named "Yvette Long", who was herself a substance abuser.
Due to the lengthy substance abuse history with crack, "Yvette Long" could not remember the identity of the shooters, even though the four (4) young men arrested for the mass murders were well known in the neighborhood.
ADA Roger King unlisted the assistance of a psychiatrist who placed "Yvette Long" under 'hypnosis' to, allegedly help her to recall the events of December 28, 2000, inside of the Lex Street home at the time of the murders.
In "Yvette Long" initial statement to the Philadelphia Police, she could not identify any of the shooters. However, during the preliminary hearing of "Jermel Lewis, Sacon Youk, Quiante Perrin and Hezekiah Thomas", "Yvette Long" testimony was that, "Quiante Perrin and Hezekiah Thomas" were two (2) of the murderers who murdered seven (7) people and wounded two (2) other individuals besides herself, inside of the crack den on Lex Street on December 28, 2000. "Yvette Long" explained during her preliminary hearing testimony that, "a psychiatrist helped her to remember that Quiante Perrin and Hezekiah Thomas were there.
In May 2002, a death-qualified jury was selected. However, before the trial was to commence, the defense (Lawyers) team of the four young men filed for pre-trial motions. One motion concerned a statement made by a man named "Shihean Black", who was arrested a month after the massacre with one of the guns used in the Lex Street murders in his possession. "Shihean Black" later confessed to the crime, but, the Philadelphia Police did not believe him and did not charge him with the murders, even though he claimed in his statement to have went to the Lex Street crack den with three (3) other men (None of them being the defendants arrested) to rob its occupants. That he was the 'look-out' at the crime scene.
ADA Roger King vehemently argued before the trial judge against permitting the defense attorney's to use the statement of "Shihean Black" at the trial of Lewis, Youk, Perrin and Thomas.
In the weeks following the Lex Street massacre, the Philadelphia Police and ADA Roger King had information confirming "Shihean Black's" confession.
"Dawud Faruqi", an admitted gun trafficker led police to their first solid evidence in the Lex Street massacre, which were spent shells from the Lex Street murder weapons on the roof top of "Shihean Black's" residence in West Philadelphia. That the four (4) true killers in the Lex Street murders had welcomed in the new year of January 1, 2001, just days after the massacre, on the roof top of "Shihean Black's" home, by firing celebratory shots from the murder weapons. "Dawud Faruqi" abruptly stopped giving information in June 2002, after prosecutors refused to grant him immunity.
Yet, during the eve of the trial, in an unprecedented move, ADA Roger King made a motion before the trial court, requesting for a thirty (30) day continuance, which the trial court granted. ADA Roger King, with confidence and arrogance, informed the media that, "The Commonwealth was and is, till hell freezes over, ready to try this case". He (ADA Roger King) furthered blustered that, "the media were the problem and had so poisoned the atmosphere with prejudicial stories that, he'd seek a change of venue so both sides could receive a fair trial".
In July 2002, the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia, dropped all charges of murder and related charges against "Jermel Lewis, Sacon Youk, Quiante Perrin and Hezekiah Thomas". The trial court imposed a "gag order" against the four (4) young men, to prevent them from talking about their ordeal. The "gag order" was eventually lifted in November 2002.
On November 26, 2002, the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia announced to the media, the arrest of "Shihean Black, Bruce Veney, Dawud Faruqi and Khalid Faruqi, for the December 28, 2000 Lex Street Massacre Murders of seven (7) individuals and the wounding of three (3) others.
The District Attorney of Philadelphia, Lynn Abraham announced that the motive for the "new" version of the Lex Street massacre, was "retribution for a blown clutch on a run-down car". The previous motive offered by ADA Roger King, in the original case was, "a price war between rivel drug dealers".
Lynn Abraham, the District Attorney of Philadelphia, "blamed the member's of the Lex Street community for providing incorrect leads to police that led the police down the wrong path to arrest Jermel Lewis, Sacon Youk, Quianta Perrin and Hezekiah Thomas for the murders initially." (Can you believe that she transferred the blame to the community? Was that not the boldest statement ever made before any media by an elected public official?)
District Attorney Lynn Abraham, removed ADA Roger King as lead prosecutor in the prosecution of the four (4) new Lex Street defendants. ADA Charles Gallager, then chief of the homicide unit in the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia, and ADA Roger King boss, was demoted as chief of the homicide unit and reassigned as a senior assistant district attorney in a less viable unit.
SOURCE OF LEX STREET MASSACRE INFO: Philadelphia Daily News Newspaper Articles:
- January 18, 2001, Page 4 - Lex Street Murder Case on Hold
- February 9, 2001, Page 5 - Bail for Lex St Suspect/Judge Sets Figure at 300G for Hezekiah Thomas
- March 2, 2001, Page 5 - Lex St. Massacre Described
- March 3, 2001, Page 8 - 4 Men Held for Trial in Lex St. Killings
- June 5, 2002, Page 8 - Lex Street Massacre Jury is Ready, But Opening of Case Has Not Been Scheduled
- June 7, 2002, Page 3 - Tough Week in DA's Office, Sources: Others Eyed in Lex St. Case
- June 11, 2002, Page 3 - Lex St, Case Undermines Faith in Judicial System
- June 17m 2002, Page 17 - We Confess
- June 28, 2002, Page 5 - Lex St. Prelims Held in Secret
- July 2, 2002, Page 6 - Lex Street Jury Sits in Jeopardy
- July 9, 2002, Page 3 - DA Seeks Another Delay in Massacre Trial, Prosecutors Want Cops to Have 90 More Days to Probe City's Worst Mass Slaying
- July 10, 2002, Page 15 - Reasonable Doubt, Prosecution Should Release Lex St. Suspects
- July 11, 2002, Page 3 - DA Bites the Bullets, Drops Capitol Case Against 4 in Killings
- November 27, 2002, Page 7 - City Revives Lex St. Case, 4 New Men are Charged in W. Phila Murder Rampage
- December 6, 2002, Page 10 - Ex-Lex St. Suspect Seeks City Apology, But Sacon Youk May Wait a While
- June 13, 2002, Page 9 - Lawyers Say DA's Office Never Admits Errors
- December 26, 2002, Page 9 - Lex St. Group will Sue, Lawyer Says Wrongful Arrest Ruined their Lives
- September 25, 2003, Page 5 - City to Pay $1.9M in Lex St. Debacle, 4 Wrongly Accused Defendants were Jailed 20 Months
"Only in Philadelphia, can an elected public official lay blame at the feet of its tax-paying and registered voters citizen feet, for not doing a job which they were elected to provide the services of while drawing a substantial income from the tax dollars paid to them by its citizens. Could you belive the gall of District Attorney Lynn Abraham, blaming the community for the arrest of four (4) innocent young men for the Lex Street murders? What ever happened to investigating a crime before arrest? We guess it was up to the community to investigate the Lex Street Murders themselves as oppose to professional police and investigators?
Although, in both of the above cases, the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia and its star prosecutor, i.e. Roger King, bolstered that James 'Heads' Drayton and his co-defendants and the original Lex Street murder suspects, i.e. Jermel Lewis, Sacon Youk, Quianta Perrin and Hezekiah Thomas, were "drug dealers" and the murders they were accused of committing were "drug related", were facts unproven and which lacked any substantiation or corroboration whatsoever, which brings us to the unproven facts of the motive in Isaiah 'Button" Givens and his co-defendants murder trial.
In the case of Isaiah 'Button' Givens and his co-defendants, it was ADA Roger King contention to the media, the public and the court for the shooting which brought about the murders of two (2) innocent bystanders and the wounding of six (6) other innocent bystanders on August 26, 1982, inside the courtyard of Richard Allen Homes Projects, as follows:
"On August 25, 1982, inside the Richard Allen Homes Projects, Sylvester 'Chip' Williams admitted to robbing an individual names Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright (Without a weapon) of his 'drug proceeds' and informed Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright that he could no longer sell drugs inside the projects area. That, subsequently after the robbery, Sylvester 'Chip' Williams was accosted by Isaiah 'Button' Givens, who it is alleged that Isaiah 'Button' Givens informed Sylvester 'Chip' Williams that there would be no retaliation against him because of the robbery of Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright. That, on August 26, 1982, Isaiah 'Button' Givens and his co-defendants, strolled into the courtyard of Richard Allen Homes Projects during the evening hours, filled with hundreds of people enjoying the summer evening, and began shooting a volley of gun shots towards Sylvester 'Chip' Williams who ran into a crowd of innocent people and used them as human shields to escape the on-slaught of bullets directed towards him, which resulted in the deaths of two (2) innocent victims, one (1) being a seven (7) year old child and the other being a twenty-six (26) year old male, and six (6) others were wounded. That the shooting was in retribution of the previous day robber of Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright by Sylvester 'Chip' Williams, which made the crime 'drug related'".
Although, Sylvester 'Chip' Williams admitted to 'robbing' a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in violation of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, Sylvester 'Chip' Williams was never arrested or formally charged for his admittance of committing a crime against another person, by the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia.
Sylvester 'Chip' Williams testified under oath at the joint trial of Isaiah 'Button' Givens and his co-defendants of robbing Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright the day before the shooting, ADA Roger King never corroborated the testimony of Sylvester 'Chip' Williams with any other evidence to probe of this robbery ever really occuring. Who witnessed the robbery? ADA Roger King never presented Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright at any court proceeding to testify to the fact that, One (1): He was a 'drug dealer'; and two (2): That on August 25, 1982, he was robbed of his drug proceeds by Sylvester 'Chip' Williams inside of the Richard Allen Homes Projects.
It has been recently learned that, on December 17, 1993, an individual names Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright, gave a sworn statement while in the law office of attorney Mitchell Strutin, Esquire., who was representing one of Isaiah 'Button' Givens co-defendants in a post-conviction proceeding. At this time, we are not privy to any information in regards to Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright ever testifying in any proceeding for any of Isaiah 'Button' Givens co-defendants post-conviction proceedings.
However, in the body of the statement of Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright, it avers:
"....I must make it be known that I was never robbed by Sylvester Williams as alleged." (See: Exhibit-Sworn Statement of "Ernest Wright", December 17, 1993)
Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright goes on to explain how he and Sylvester 'Chip' Williams were in a singing group called "The Poor Boys" and how there was "never any bad blood between them". That, he was in North Carolina until February 1983, and learned of said allegations of him being robbed by some friends upon his return back from North Carolina.
Just like in the two (2) other cases presented for a preview, ADA Roger King motive for why this crime occurred is merely "a vision of grander".
Sylvester 'Chip' Williams was by far no angel. The question is not, "who was his enemy, but, who wasn't his enemy?"
In 1981, Sylvester 'Chip' Williams was acquitted in the drug-related murder of Fredrick 'Smiley' Armour, who was shot five (5) times in broad daylight inside of the Richard Allen Homes Projects. It was alleged at that time that, Fredrick 'Smiley' Armour was a high-ranking member of the then, notorious Philadelphia Black Mafia. If such allegation is true, then Fredrick 'Smiley' Armour death did devastate his peers.
The court may have azquitted Sylvester 'Chip' Williams in the shooting death of Fredrick 'Smiley' Armour in 1981, but, the court of "Public Opinion" had a different opinion as to the actual facts which were much different than the news media's printed version of who was eventually unjustly convicted for the murder of Fredrick 'Smiley' Armour.
In 1985, Sylvester 'Chip' Williams plead guilty to third (3rd) degree murder, in the 1981 New Year's Eve murder of "Linwood Rivers", which occurred inside of the Richard Allen Homes Projects, which he received a negotiated sentence of five (5) to ten (10) years term of imprisonment.
At 8:57 a.m., on July 11, 1988, Sylvester 'Chip' Williams, while out on the third (3rd) day of a four (4) day furlough pass from the State Correctional Institute at Dallas, was shot eight (8) to ten (10) times, inside a courtyard of Richard Allen Homes Projects, where he died. No arrest were ever made in his death, and police have had difficulty obtaining information from people who witnessed his murder. (See: Exhibit-Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper Article, July 12, 1988, Page B4, "Death Finally Finds Its Man in the Projects").
Prior to the joint trial of Isaiah 'Button' Givens and his co-defendants, Sylvester 'Chip' Williams was arrested on numerous occasions for being in possession of illegal weapons (firearms). Prior to Sylvester 'Chip' Williams trial testimony, the Commonwealth (ADA Roger King) vehemently denied that Sylvester 'Chip' Williams testimony at the trial of Isaiah 'Button' Givens and his co-defendants would be a product of a deal in regards to his open gun charges. At trial, Sylvester 'Chip' Williams, while under oath, denied that his testimony was a product of a deal in regards to his open gun charges which the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia was prosecuting him for also.
How was it that, out of all of the eye-witnesses alleged to have witnessed the August 26, 1982 Richard Allen Homes Projects Shooting, presented by ADA Roger King at the joint trial of Isaiah 'Button' Givens and his co-defendants, was Sylvester 'Chip' Williams the only eye-witness who could place all three (3) defendants at the scene of the crime?
On Page B4 of the July 12, 1988 Philadelphia Inquirer, it is reported that:
"He (Sylvester 'Chip' Williams) was arrested on two (2) other weapon charges that were not prosecuted...."
Although, further investigation is needed in locating "Maida Odom" the Inquirer Staff Writer who composed said article, to verify her article and the source of her facts, it is self-evident that Sylvester 'Chip' Williams trial testimony was a product of a deal for his open gun charges, and as an officer of the court, ADA Roger King lied to the court about giving Sylvester 'Chip' Williams a deal for his open gun charges at the time of his testimony at the joint trial of Isaiah 'Button' Givens and his co-defendants. Known, the truth is coming full circle, and the truth is that Sylvester 'Chip' Williams lied on Isaiah 'Button' Givens at the behest of ADA Roger King, to save his own neck pursuant to an open homicide charge and open gun charges which ADA Roger King dangled over top of his head to control and mold his testimony to fit his (ADA Roger King) theory of why the murders occured.
Its awful baffling how Sylvester 'Chip' Williams was the only eye-witness who placed Isaiah 'Button' Givens as being one (1) of the shooters the day after the shooting occured, and then after the arrest of Isaiah 'Button' Givens and approximately six (6) months after the shooting incident and six (6) months of media coverage, five (5) other eye-witnesses emerge with their prolific tales, seeking the benefits offered for anyone's testimony at the trial, when six (6) other prosecution eye-witnesses who testimony was that, "they knew Isaiah 'Button' Givens, but, they did not see him amongst the shooters or in the area at the time of the shooting". As well, ADA Roger King never presented any of the six (6) wounded victims at trial, because none of the six (6) wounded victims could testify to seeing Isaiah 'Button' Givens shooting or that he was amongst the trio who was doing the shooting.
At this point of the web site, you have learned two (2) things after a careful review of the factual material which has just become recently learned and which has not been presented before a court of law, which is:
- Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, Roger King, is unequivocally, the most diabolic, nafarious Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, the state of Pennsylvania and arguable in the country
- That there is "Factual Evidence" that exist today which proves conclusively that Isaiah 'Button' Givens was falsely accused and unjustly convicted, knowingly and intentionally in the August 26, 1982 Richard Allen Homes Projects Shooting, at the behest of the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia and its star homicide unit prosecutor, ADA Roger King. That, Isaiah 'Button' Gviens has never been arrested or convicted for selling any drugs ever and "is not" and nor has he ever been a "Major Drug Distributor" as he has been labeled by ADA Roger King. But, most importantly, you have learned that, "in the courtroom of Philadelphia, the truth is elastic and used as currency to cut deals with the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia."