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Local attorney James Payne will defend suspect in federal gang-related kidnapping of NC prosecutor’s father
May 09, 2014

SHALLOTTE, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Criminal Defense Attorney, W. James Payne, was appointed on May 7, 2014, to defend Jakym Camel Tibbs, a Defendant in the Federal Kidnapping case (USA vs. Melton; 5:14-cr-72-D-3) in North Carolina.

“Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice charged Tibbs and Quantavious Thompson - who was arrested on Wednesday - with conspiracy to kidnap 63-year-old Frank Janssen from his home in Wake Forest, N.C., on April 5. The victim was rescued on April 9 when FBI agents raided the Atlanta apartment where he was being held. Authorities told WSPA that the crime was related to Janssen's daughter, a prosecutor who helped put away high-ranking Bloods street gang member Kelvin Melton. Melton, 49, who is from New York City, is serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting of a man in 2011; he was convicted of being a habitual felon, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.” (CBS NEWS)

Jakym Camel Tibbs’s Detention Hearing is scheduled for May 13, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. It will be held in front of the United States Magistrate Judge James E. Gates.

Mr. Payne has been featured on CNN, and in Bloomberg News. He has been published in Lawyers Weekly, and has spoken before the NC House and Senate Joint Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety on criminal defense matters, on topics related to criminal law and white-collar criminal defense.