The Luis Toledo Prosecution : There Certainly Is More To Know

Judge Margaret Hudson's Early Removal From The Case.

Toledo's Special Status With The Volusia County Sheriff Department.

July 6, 2015
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Since the October 2013 arrest of Luis Toledo for the murders of his wife, Yessenia Suarez, and her two young children, 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto, VolusiaExposed.Com has posted six (6) additional articles regarding the arrest and currently on-going prosecution of Toledo (see bottom of page for links to articles).

Our earlier articles explored our opinion that the Volusia County Sheriff Department mishandled the criminal investigation / arrest of Mr. Toledo - AND, that Circuit Court Judge Margaret Hudson had an ethical conflict of interest connected to her assignment to this criminal prosecution. We (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite our readers to review our earlier articles, in order to gain a full appreciation of our concerns / opinions.

This particular article will explore additional concerns and opinions regarding the Toldeo murder prosecution.

Did Toledo Enjoy A
Special Relationship With VCSO?

A simple Internet search will easily reveal two facts about Luis Toledo (if law enforcement accounts are accepted as accurate).

1. That Toledo has a past history with the street gang - Latin Kings - whereas, he allegedly served as the third highest ranking position in this gang.

2. That Toledo has testified as a federal informant / witness during the prosecution of the alleged former leader of the Latin Kings.(see media article -->)

In a March 13, 2014 editorial, "Latin King Toledo: There’s more to know", the Daytona Beach News Journal (DBNJ) questioned whether the Volusia County Sheriff Department was withholding significant information from the public.

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Well, it would appear that the DBNJ's editorial was right on target - the VCSO was withholding details in the Toledo case.

Recently, VolusiaExposed.Com obtained copies of some law enforcement depositions conducted in support of the Toledo prosecution. The deposition of VCSO Investigator William Maxwell caught our particular attention.

Pages 5-8 of Maxwell's February 19, 2015 deposition tends to support, that Toledo enjoyed a special relationship with the VCSO, and was an un-documented confidential informant (CI) for the VCSO (see scroll box -->).

VolusiaExposed holds the opinion, that Mr. Toledo's CI status with the sheriff department, was the probable driving force in their (VCSO) refusal to address the DBNJ's questions. Our readers are encouraged to review the above linked DBNJ editorial, in order to fully appreciate our (VolusiaExposed) opinion.

VCSO's Transparency With
The Suarez Family

VolusiaExposed.Com now wonders, how transparent the VCSO has been with the Suarez family, regarding Mr. Toledo's apparent CI status with their agency? And whether Toledo's apparent CI status with the VCSO, is a possible explanation of why, the alleged third ranking person within the Latin King street gang, did not have any documented criminal charges during his tenure as a VCSO CI? (as per local criminal records - clerk.org)

Also did Toledo's CI status with the VCSO influence the VCSO's inability to assign extra patrols to the Suarez's home, prior to the murders, and as requested by Suarez's employer (American K-9 Detection Services)? (see linked media article)

VCSO Investigator Maxwell's Deposition
February 19, 2015
Pages 5-8

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Page 28 Is Out Of Proper Order

The Tyshawn Jackson Factor
Cleaning Up A Witness's Credibility

According to a 2014 media account, Luis Toledo’s Deltona neighbor, Tyshawn Jackson was considered an early suspect in the murders of Suarez and her two children.

However, later it became evident that Jackson unknowingly assisted Toledo in building an alibi, by helping Toledo move Suarez's car to Seminole county. Obviously Jackson is going to be a significant witness for the prosecution during Toledo's pending murder trial.

Jackson had his own problems with the State Attorney's office - during the alleged murders of Suarez and her two young children - court records indicate that Jackson was dealing with his own criminal charges. Court records further indicate that Mr. Jackson was serving a two (2) year probation sentence, when he suddenly became a key witness in the Toledo case.

With less than a year served on his (2) two year probation sentence, and with a technical probation violation (see scrollbox - right of page) against Mr. Jackson being noted, Judge Margaret Hudson, on her own motion (see scroll box), and in favor of Mr. Jackson, terminated his probation requirements, effective as of December 11, 2013.

Local court records also indicate that a 2013 suspended driver's license charge, as well as a 2014 possession of cannabis charge were dismissed against Jackson. Lucky him, huh?

Circuit Court Judge Margaret Hudson's Actions In The Tyshawn Jackson Prosecution

Judge Hudson With Holds Adjudication & Discontinues Witness' Probation
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Judicial Conflicts Of Interest
Judge Raul Zambrano
Assumes The Toledo Case

Does Zambrano ALSO Have Conflict Of Interest Issues With The VCSO?

As noted within our earlier articles, (see below web links) VolusiaExposed questioned Judge Hudson's assignment to the Toledo case, due to her husband's connections with the Volusia County Sheriff Department.

While local authorities have defended Judge Hudson's assignment to the Toledo case - arguing that VolusiaExposed.Com's concerns have no merit - these same authorities have recently reassigned the Toledo case to Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano.

The official rationale given for the Toledo case reassignment, is that later this year (2015), there will be a judicial duty rotation, and it only makes sense to rotate the Toledo case early.

Judge Zambrano's Past Conflicts
Lisa Lopez vs VCSO

However, VolusiaExposed.Com questions whether Judge Zambrano also has ethical conflicts of interest in the Toledo case.

Prior to his appointment as a circuit judge, Zambrano served as a local assistant state attorney (ASA), and like many other ASAs, he enjoyed a close professional relationship with member(s) of the law enforcement community.

Circuit Court Judge Raul Zambrano Recuses Himself From The Lisa Lopez Lawsuit

Judge Zambrano Had Close Working Relationship With Subject Deputy While Zambrano Was An Assistant State Attorney
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Important Background Information:
Lisa Lopez vs VCSO

According to a 2011 VCSO internal affairs report Lisa Lopez was arrested on January 19, 2011 on the charge of domestic violence. Allegedly, Lopez had battered her father during an argument.

Lopez alleged that during her transport to the Volusia County Jail, Deputy Carl Willard inappropriately touched her in a sexually suggestive manner.

Sadly, shortly after Ms. Lopez filed her allegations against Deputy Willard, and while he was under a VCSO internal review, Deputy Willard committed suicide.

The Lopez / Willard situation was covered in one of our (VolusiaExposed.Com) earlier articles.

Lopez eventually filed a civil lawsuit against the VCSO.

Judge Raul Zambrano's Recusal

Judge Zambrano was initially assigned to hear the civil lawsuit filed by Ms. Lopez. However, due to Judge Zambrano's own admissions of having a close professional relationship with Deputy Willard while Zambrano was an assistant state attorney - Lopez requested and received Judge Zambrano's recusal from the lawsuit (see above scroll box).

Our Thoughts

Since Judge Zambrano admitted to having a close working relationship with Deputy Willard - is it probable that Zambrano has worked closely with other sheriff deputies and investigators during his tenure as an assistant state attorney, and / or during his time on the bench? We (VolusiaExposed) highly suspect that this is very probable.

A review of the sworn statements taken in the Toledo prosecution revealed the involvement of several VCSO deputies and investigators. We (VolusiaExposed) believe that it is highly likely that Judge Zambrano also enjoyed a similar close working relationship with one or more of the VCSO deputies / investigators assigned to the Toledo murder investigation.

If our suspicions are factual - then would not Judge Zambrano have the very same conflict of interest in the Toledo murder prosecution, as he did in the Lopez civil suit?

Since criminal defendants (Toledo) enjoy a higher level of U.S. Constitutional protections, then say - civil litigants (Lopez) - AND given the high profile nature of the Toledo case - should not VolusiaExposed's concerns, also be of concern to the court?

In the end - we (VolusiaExposed.Com) are in agreement with the DBNJ's March 13, 2014 editorial :"Latin King Toledo: There’s more to know" - obviously there is even more to know regarding the Toledo case. Stand-by to stand-by - we suspect that there is more to discover.

Our Earlier Articles Regarding
Judge Hudson, And Our Perceived Conflicts of Interest

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Our Opinion / Stance

We (VolusiaExposed.Com) believe in the concepts that are laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

We have NO direct knowledge of the guilt or innocence of any of the criminal defendants mentioned in this article.

We merely question whether Judge Hudson OR Judge Zambrano have a conflict of interest in the Toledo prosecution.

So judge us (VolusiaExposed.Com) not too harshly - when you suspect that we may be coming to the defense of any criminal suspects. Because in reality - we are merely coming to the defense of the U.S. Constitution.

A man who will ensure a fair prosecution of his friend's transgressions - is indeed a true friend - but a man, who will ensure a fair prosecution of his sworn enemy - he is indeed a true friend to justice, and all the founding concepts of this nation.


If you found this article to be thought provoking, we (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite you to review, the below linked, Special Investigative Report, exposing law enforcement corruption with the State of Florida.


by Matthew Doig and Anthony Cormier
Tarnished badge, flawed system
Police unions / political clout
Predator in uniform?
What the personnel files reveal
Problems and solutions
Flagrant abuses invite little scrutiny
Problem officers still find work
How serious offenses go unreported
Sworn to protect....their pensions
Governor investigates CJSTC
Additional concerns surrounding the
Volusia County Sheriff's Department

VCSO deputy supplies underage females with alcohol.

VCSO deputy sexually approaches female prisoner?

Sex and the Badge
Extra-martial affairs within the VCSO?

VCSO deputy engaging in sexual relationship, while on duty?

VCSO deputy attempts romantic relationship with felony suspect?

VCSO deputy sexually assaults handcuffed woman.

VCSO deputy reprimanded for domestic violence arrest

VCSO Frangiamore-Carper murder-suicide incident

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