Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Youmans Defendant 'Fall Guy,' Attorney Says; the Lawyer Says Derrick Glover Was a Conspiracy Victim

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Youmans Defendant 'Fall Guy,' Attorney Says; the Lawyer Says Derrick Glover Was a Conspiracy Victim

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Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY

Derrick Glover's attorney said he was the "fall guy."

A conspiracy executed by a mother who would do anything to protect her sons landed Glover, 24, behind bars for selling a gun to 12-year-old Tony Youmans, Glover's lawyer told Jacksonville jurors Tuesday.

Assistant Public Defender Ann Finnell put blame for the gun sale on 19-year-old Davon McMillian, the older son of Glover's ex-girlfriend Catina McMillian, in her opening statement in her client's manslaughter trial.

Finnell said Tony's best friend L.J., who is McMillian's 13-year-old son, agreed with his family to concoct the story blaming Glover that he later told detectives who "grilled" him for four or five hours.

The .32-caliber gun that police later seized also had no physical ties to Tony's death, according to the defense attorney. Finnell also claimed evidence also will show the boy was alive a couple of hours after the prosecution will say he died.

Tony's mother, Kelly Kidd, reported him missing on July 29, two days before a volunteer search party member found his body in a wooded lot adjacent to the apartment where Glover lived with the McMillians.

Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda described in his opening statement how L.J. watched Tony put a rusty .32-caliber gun to his head and shoot himself as the two played in the woods. The prosecutor said Tony first bought the gun from Glover while L.J. also was home in their apartment.

In morning testimony, Tony's father, Mike Youmans, recalled searching each day for his son, including with a police officer and bloodhound in an area that he found out later was within 20 feet of the body.

Kidd cried on the witness stand as she remembered the last time she saw her son. Tears also rolled down her face later as she heard Associate Medical Examiner Valerie Rao describe how insects "chewed" at Tony's body, erasing what could have been evidence of his cause of death.

It can never be proved through physical evidence whether the boy shot himself, the medical examiner testified.

"I couldn't get into this child's head as to what happened," she told jurors. …

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