Bradley Lockhart on Nancy Grace: Why Did He Need a Lawyer By His Side The Whole Time?
Sorry, people. In between unemployment checks and this new temp job, I’ve lost my Cricket Broadband connection, so if you can, drop a little something something in the bucket via PayPal, please. Where am I at this writing? At a local coffee beanery on State Street, partaking in the WiFi.
Anyway, getting back to this fool. The mumble-mouthed, self-professed father of Shaniya Davis had his attorney with him during the entire time–why? Lockhart also seemed to be sedated, as though words had to be pushed out between his teeth. Does he have something to hide? Or is the attorney there to keep him from running his mouth too much, and giving ammo not only to his detractors, but to the investigation into his daughter’s death?
What really insulted my sensibilities was that Grace was touting him as some kind of child abuse/tough-on-crime advocate like John Walsh or Marc Klaas. Worse, she was cooing at him like some kind of mommy, inviting him to talk about Antoinette Davis (who he is quite careful not to say much about–do you notice that?) and whether she should get the death penalty, and not like a journalist asking a few pertinent questions. It was one of those disgusting (dis-Grace-ful, really) performances in light of the continuing, mounting suspicions by many observers of this case as well as the cops in Fayetteville that there is more to this story than meets the eye. From what I understand, Lockhart has at least two attorneys at his beck and call, including one from Florida. Again, one asks why? I sure didn’t see Walsh or Klaas suddenly lawyer up when their kids were kidnapped in the 1980s and the 1990s, respectively. The cops cleared these men from complicity early on. Lockhart is another story. Bill Kirby of the Fayetteville Observer had this to say:
“Children need a voice,” Lockhart told Nancy Grace, explaining his involvement in Stop Child Trafficking Now, an organization focused on targeting child predators for sexual abuse. “I’m trying to be that voice.”
But where was his voice of reason – or better said, his voice of responsibility – when Bradley Lockhart said yes to allowing this child to live with this mother who previously had been investigated by Cumberland County Social Services?
He, by his account, wanted to give Antoinette Davis a chance to share in parenting their child.
She was gainfully employed. She was, by his account, demonstrating stability.
But being cared for by an aunt in a well-regarded neighborhood or a father living in a $248,000 home is not the same as living in a 12-by-40 trailer with dirty dishes and unkempt bedrooms.
“A pigsty,” says Barbara Davenport, manager of the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park, where Antoinette Davis’ sister lived and where Shaniya’s mother said she discovered her child missing near dawn on Nov. 10.
No, I really do believe he wanted to get Shaniya off his hands completely as a pretext to his looking for and obtaining more contracting work. You know, earlier I would have been willing to believe that she was his favorite child, but it doesn’t look like it. Men will kill for favorite children, whether boys or girls. Bradley Lockhart didn’t have any favorite children. He was his own favorite child. Children hampered him, period. Like any adult child, he wanted to be selfish; he wanted to be free as a bird. Oh, he was willing to bed black women, marry them, and make babies with them, but alone as a single father, his children from Vickie Sue hampered him. They were her children, not his, which sounds a lot like how the slavery system viewed the biracial children of a black mother. Shaniya hampered him, no matter how clean and sweet she looked in her now famous photo in the white dress and pink shoes. He has two other children with baby mamas, making a total of six, minus the now-murdered Shaniya. At least one mother and child live out of state, I have read. To him, it appears that his biracial children have fallen from the skies like locusts. And like locusts, they were pests that ate at him and his profits.
And I observe how much like Marc Klaas Bradley Lockhart is becoming. I was IN Marin County during the Polly Klaas rape-murder case. It’s ironic how Marc Klaas has become such a public advocate against child sexual abuse since he was for all intents and purposes missing in action in his daughter’s life for years and became famous for his histrionics both in and out of court after Polly’s murder. It made a lot of people look askance at him, which is one reason why his nationwide appeal as a mad dad is rather limited. Like Klaas, I feel that Lockhart is profiting off the blood and flesh of this child.
While he may not be receiving a paycheck if he goes before CBS News, Lockhart will collect if he appears on Nancy Grace or Oprah. There are still people who do not know all the particulars of this case who would be willing to donate to that nascent fund to help pick up Shaniya’s funeral expenses, despite the fact that Shaq has taken up that slack. Lockhart’s camp states that the money will then be sent to a fund for missing and abused children, like Stop Child Trafficking Now, but I really wonder. I repeat, sometimes money like this has a tendency to drop off the face of the earth if you don’t watch it. I wouldn’t be surprised of there are tens of thousands of dollars in that fund right now. It would be quite a nest egg for Lockhart to live off until he finally finds employment
A few more things. I admit to being a bit confused earlier as to the identity of Bradley Lockhart’s first wife, Vickie Sue, who was murdered with her sister in a home invasion robbery. (No, it was NOT connected with drugs.) Vickie Sue Coleman Lockhart remains the first and to this day, the only Lockhart wife on record. Lockhart profited off the death of this wife with life insurance policies, and gave their three children to their maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Coleman. Over the years, Lockhart had been in and out of court with the Colemans who essentially wanted him to provide support for their upbringing. One of those children is Cheyenne Lockhart, who is currently living with a neighbor. It is said that Byron Coleman, Jr., the grandson of Byron Coleman, took his mother’s maiden name as his own, possibly in response to his father’s resistance to providing child support.
Because of the Tiger Woods scandale du jour, naturally all interest in this case has dropped off. The newest developments: that Antoinette Davis has been sent a women’s prison, and that the alleged murderer, Mario Andrette O’Neill, has been transferred to prison in Raleigh, North Carolina, both for their own safety.
On Tuesday, Shaniya’s mother, Antoinette Davis, was transferred to the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women in Raleigh for safekeeping.
Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, said Davis was moved to make sure she wasn’t harmed by herself or others.
“She is pregnant, so special precautions had to be taken,” Tanna said.
Davis is charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse involving prostitution. Her bail was set at $51,000.
No doubt she and O’Neill will be in isolation; and then in prison, they might be lucky enough to clean up from their addictions. This would be a plus for the child Antoinette is carrying. However, one rumor that is going around is that both may have a sexually-transmitted disease, like the AIDS virus. They’re going to need and going to get a lot of medical and therapeutic care.
The Fayetteville cops are still toiling away on behalf of Shaniya. At least 20 investigators are still working on and tying up leads and reporting to the DAs of Cumberland County and probably, of nearby Lee County, where Shaniya’s little body was found. One particular question that Nancy Grace failed to ask Bradley Lockhart was why she was pulled out of the elementary school that was closest to her aunt, Casey Lockhart-Davis. That’s one question for which the cops are seeking a answer.
As usual, this ain’t over yet.
- Gravesite for Fayetteville child draws visitors (newsobserver.com)
- Eff This Ain’t Isht Thug: Jury Sentences Shaniya Davis’ Killer Mario McNeill To Death (bossip.com)
- Mario McNeill sentenced to death in 2009 murder of 5-year-old (myfox8.com)
- Shaniya Davis: A Convicted Mario McNeill Refuses to Defend Against a Possible Death Sentence As the Jury Deliberates His Fate (thisblksistaspage.wordpress.com)
- This is Why They Call it the Idiot Box: Nancy Grace and Ashleigh Banfield Fake ‘Satellite’ Interview (disinfo.com)