Jury finds Florida black nationalist guilty of lesser manslaughter charge for killing officer execution-style

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he has "never been more disgusted by a verdict."


Black nationalist Othal Wallace, who shot Florida police officer Jason Raynor in the head in 2021, which ultimately killed him, was found guilty of manslaughter for his actions.

The verdict came shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, per Fox News.

Wallace was promptly put in handcuffs and taken into custody following the guilty verdict, and did not appear to have any reaction. 

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood issued a statement following the verdict, saying, "The message I take away from this jury is that it’s open season on law enforcement."

He added, "A lesser charge of Manslaughter for the MURDER of Daytona Beach Police Officer Jason Raynor is a slap in the face of everyone who puts on a uniform."

Chitwood continued, "The same Othal Wallace who posted '1 Day I Will Take Great Pride And Honor In Getting Me Some Pigs Blood On My Hands And Boots' may just get the chance to walk free one day."

"Jason Raynor doesn’t get that chance. His family only gets to hold onto his memory. His life may not matter to the jury, but it mattered to us. My faith in the American jury has been shaken before. I have seen juries ignore video evidence and disregard victims. I have never been more disgusted by a verdict than I am today. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Officer Raynor who must feel many magnitudes of pain all over again. All I can say is I agree and share your anger."

Originally, the 29-year-old Othal "O'Zone" Wallace was slapped with a charge for attempted first-degree murder after he had shot Raynor in the head. Raynor had been taken to the hospital, and later died from the gunshot wound.

Days later, Wallace was captured while hiding in a tree house located in DeKalb County, Georgia. The three-acre property where he was discovered was tied with the Not F—ing Around Coalition (NFAC), a black nationalist paramilitary organization. Aside from Wallace himself, numerous flash bangs, rifle plates, body armor, two rifles, two handguns, and several boxes of ammunition were discovered in the treehouse. 

Wallace had an extensive rap sheet; court records reveal that he was booked twice at Florida's Broward County in 2019: once for domestic violence and another time for breaking a no-contact order with a victim in an ongoing domestic case.

He was also taken into custody during the same year by the West Melbourne Police Department after he was caught driving recklessly on Interstate 95, according to records.

Upon being taken into custody, Wallace allegedly told arresting officers: "You guys know who I am. You know what I'm capable of and it could have been a lot worse."

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