Stacy Ramsey, like so many others, was prosecuted and convicted for a murder that he did not commit. But with felony murder you do not have to commit a murder at all, in fact you do not even need to harm anyone yet you can be convicted and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Felony murder is an easy conviction for a prosecutor which is why DA's all across the country do not want the law abolished or reformed. They love it. But why wouldn't they? Their job is pretty much done for them and the judge has absolutely no power to intervene, to modify a sentence or to even consider the facts. That is not justice!
Stacy, was actually a victim himself. Like so many other stories that we have come across was intimidated and threatened by the actual killer, in this case at gun point.
Who is Stacy?
Stacy Ramsey is a young man who lost his mother before the age of three. Her life was tragically cut short by a automobile accident. Stacy grew up with a love of animals, had horses from an early age. He was extremely shy but friendly and would have given someone the shirt off his back. He was (is) an athlete participating in football and baseball. Not the school trouble maker. Since being incarcerated he has continued with model behavior, never having been in any trouble. But none of that matters really because the system sets people up to fail. Even the most model prisoner is given no consideration for their compliant behavior. They are given no opportunity to atone for any crime or to demonstrate that they are not the person that the prosecutor would have you believe that they are.
Stacy was working 3 jobs at the time of the crime. A hard working young man, a craftsman and professional in his trade. He had no criminal history, was not a violent person and did not know Walter Smothers. Walter & Deion were partying at her house all that day.. At 5pm Deion sent her 5 yr old son over to ask Stacy if he wanted to come over & party. When he didn't come over by 7pm, Deion then went & asked him herself. He'd never gone over there before to party but upon that second request, he went! He got over there about 8:30pm. Teresa Deion Harris received a threatening call from her boyfriend and Walter got Stacy to give him and Teresa a ride to her ex boyfriends house. But en route Stacy's truck broke down. Teresa flagged down a passing motorist and that would turn out to be a fatal and tragic event for the unknowing Stacy Ramsey.
While driving down highway 114 in a remote area, Stacy's truck broke down. While Stacy is out with his under the hood he sees Walter Smothers run past him. Teresa had stopped a passing car to ask for help. The driver of the car was but a 19 year old boy. Before Stacy knew what was happening, Walter had a gun pointed at the kid and ordered him out of his vehicle. Walter forced the kid into the back of his own truck. He then ordered Stacy to drive the kids truck. Within just a few minutes the gun that was being held by Walter Smothers went off, hitting the kid. Witnesses in a nearby home heard Walter Smothers yelling at Stacy that if he left the truck he would blow his ******** head off. The victim began screaming and Walter told him that he was being taken to the hospital. A few miles later the victim began screaming in pain. Walter Smothers then put a shot gun under his head and pulled the trigger. He then told Theresa and Stacy "I just blew his fucking brains out".
Walter later mutilated the body, forcing Stacy at gunpoint to help him. When Stacy told Walter that he couldn't, that he did not know how Walter told him "it is no different then gutting a dear". Walter told Stacy and Teresa that they were all in this together and Stacy had no choice but to participate or he would be next. Walter then set the kids body on fire inside of the victims truck. Stacy Ramsey and Teresa Deion Harris did not participate in a murder. Walter Smothers committed the murder. But that does not matter under Felony Murder, You do not have to kill anyone and you will receive what Stacy and Teresa received, life without parole. This is justice? This was not a planned murder, this was a by chance happening that resulted in a murder committed by Walter Smothers.
Put yourself in Stacy's shoes for a moment. You are with others and suddenly find yourself in the middle of a bad situation. Do you deserve life without parole because you could not predict, foresee or stop a crime from happening? In Canada, it has been held to be unconstitutional, as breaching the principles of fundamental justice. We are the only civilized democracy to retain this law as others have also found it to go against everything that can be called justice. Yet the US hangs on to this law. It is an easy conviction for a prosecutor, no intent necessary, not even a participation required. I ask again if you think this is justice?
As if this were not bad enough, the situation became even worse for Stacy Ramsey once he was arrested. View the video links below and visit the Stacy Ramsey support page for information and documentation of corruption.
Stacy continues with athletics as best he can from inside a Tennessee prison, working out and running. Stacy has already lost nearly 25 years of his life. No amount of working and running is going to reverse that though I am sure that Stacy would wish that it could.
We are still working on Stacy's story. His case has comprehensive coverage on other sites so follow the links below to understand how a victim becomes a suspect. There were mistakes made, some intentional, some careless that led to a horrible outcome for Stacy. These "mistakes" went as high as the Attorney General in TN. The court appointed attorney was not prepared or experienced, not qualified to defend such a complicated case. There are multiple levels of corruption throughout this case.
Lawless America has done two videos on Stacy's case. Click here to watch as Bill Windsor tells the initial story.
Another video done by Lawless America talks about the unfair charging and sentencing. Bill Windsor lays out all of the error, including all of Stacy's records aledgely being lost. The DA would say they were lost when a tornado hit the court house. Stacy's wife was able to locate the records in 3 days where the courts could not find them at all. Click here
Visit Susan Ramsey's support page where you can view court documents, police records and letters in the case. It won't take you long to figure out that this case should have never gone to trial, Stacy Ramsey should never have been arrested and most certainly should not be in prison now. Exposing Judicial Corruption - The Story of Stacy Ramsey
TN Judicial Corruption - The Stacy Ramsey case
Hand the honor of meeting this young man many years ago, he went to a dance at high school with a friend of mine, in no way did he seem like the type of person that would harm someone. I hope one day he will get to be free and experience life the way he should. Such a tragic situation for all involved, minus the killer... ~GM