Yancina Johnson's son, Darius Rowser was murdered earlier this year in Mobile, Alabama. His body was found inside his car full of bullet holes with the engine running.
With no suspects and witnesses afraid to come forth, police were at a dead end. To add to that, she then began receiving phone calls threatening her family. Johnson didn't know what to do. Finally, with a little research, there was a break: she found out that Hykeem Kemp made one of the phone threats.
Johnson was finally going to find out who killed her son. It could very well have been Kemp.
Last week at the trial, Johnson waited patiently for her turn to testify. She was pulled aside by the bailiff and told to wait in the hallway, and that she would be called in when they were ready for her. So she waited. And waited. And waited. When the bailiff came out of the courtroom for another reason, Johnson asked the bailiff what was going on. She asked Johnson for her name, then told her that she wasn't allowed in the courtroom because of what she was wearing.
Because she wasn't allowed in, she couldn't testify against Kemp. Since she couldn't testify against Kemp, he was given credit for time served toward a future crime, and released. Johnson's only hope to find her son's killer was gone.
The bailiff played her like it was the judge's decision, but when a reporter asked him about it, Judge Holmes Whiddon said that the bailiff determines what goes on in the courtroom. Also, he said that her testimony may not have been needed because Kemp may have made a plea deal.
Really, Judge Holmes Whiddon?
Your bailiff has total control of what goes on in your courtroom? Excuse me, but your bailiff is supposed to do what you tell him or her to do. And what do you mean Kemp may have taken a plea deal? Where were you? Was it the bailiff's decision to set Kemp free? What's going on in your courtroom?
Look, I know that there's a dress code. My problem is how this woman was told to sit in the hall until they called for her, and they never called for her. There wasn't even anything wrong with what she had on; her sundress came to her knees. She could've gone home and changed clothes or something. She could've gone to the car to get a jacket or something if she had one in there. Now she may never know who killed her son, and I can't imagine how she must feel about the judicial system now.
Based on the information and the pictures, do you think Ms. Johnson was treated fairly? Do you think her outfit was inappropriate? How would you feel if you were treated that way?