James A. Duckett #112232
Florida State Prison G Wing
7819 NW 228 Street
Raiford, FL 32026-1160
April 15, 2010
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. You mentioned in your letter that you would be writing me again over that same weekend so I have been waiting to receive your second letter. Since time has passed, I decided to write back to you, hoping that our letters won’t cross.
I realize that there is a lot to process in what I had written to you. Just as you have had time to process what happened to you these past twenty plus years, I have been researching this case since September 2006, for hours every day. While I find some answers, I keep finding more questions.
I would like to visit you and have called the prison. My understanding is that you have to send me the form, so I hope you will do that and I hope our conversation will be productive. I am only an hour’s drive from you, so it would be feasible.
I am in the process of going over hundreds of public records sent to me from different law enforcement agencies. It surprises me how much Carla and Josh go to the police over trivial matters. Someone brought it to my attention that Carla accused me of burglarizing her flower shop on Main Street in Leesburg. (Not the one she had in Bushnell and closed) I’ve never been to her shop. They also told me that Carla and “her boy toy” Jason Fort (Iris Tant Payne’s son) came to my house to scope it out. They also went to Melinda’s Aunt Cathy’s house in Virginia to ask her not to sue Nancy Grace.
I would be interested to look at Melinda’s letters to you. Also, to discuss what you all talked about concerning your case and the book The Truth Shall Set Him Free. She dog- eared the pages and mailed it to her dad in New York, but I haven’t seen her book.
And just to get everything straight in my mind, I’d like to know Carla’s relatives. Her dad is Carl Ray Roberts. He is married to Leola Irene Roberts but somehow I don’t think it’s her mother. There’s something strange there. She has a sister Susan Harrell now divorced and took her maiden name back (Roberts). She also has a brother Donnie whose son is Christopher Roberts. She married Brian Lee Boggs and divorced him. Then she lived with Kevin John Massero and did not marry him until Josh turned 18. She is still married to him but he has a cocaine addiction and lives with his parents in Ocala. Carla has been living with Jason Fort age approx. 28, since early 2006. Melinda also mentioned an Aunt Sharon Harrelson, but I am curious as to how she is really related to Carla and Josh.
I’d also like to hear your thoughts as to who could have committed the crime you are convicted of. It always boils down to who has the motive. The way the little girl was found in the water was too obvious. Someone wanted her found right away and have you blamed for the crime. I have some thoughts on this and we can discuss it at the time we meet.
Melinda had no motive to keep Trenton away from Josh and she would never hurt Trenton. She felt depressed because Trenton was, as she said, taken on “her watch”. Just like you felt guilt of changing the date of the visit, Melinda felt she was not a good mother because Trenton was taken and she didn’t/couldn’t stop it.
And like in your case, Melinda was set up. No doubt in my mind. Motive? Money and control/power.
I’m off on Sundays so I could meet you then.
And here is James' response to me on April 20, 2010: