Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Reporter/Carl Junction Councilwoman threatens Jayda's Beat founder, says Vaden guilty, McPherson not involved
That reporter, according to an exchange of posts Tuesday night on the Jayda's Beat Facebook page is LaDonna Allen, a Carl Junction City Council member who also writes articles for the Carl Junction Citizen and Sarcoxie Record.
"I will let you in one thing if you would like," Allen wrote Becky Kemble, who manages the Jayda's Beat page.
"Judd was never at the home that night and yes, there is proof. And he wasn't called first." Allen was referring to Jayda Kyle's maternal grandfather attorney Judd McPherson, who Children's Division documents allege "manipulated" the murder investigation.
Despite this pronouncement, Allen did not tell Kemble what the proof was and apparently has not shared it with her readers.
The verbal battle between Allen and Kemble started after television coverage of the Tuesday afternoon press conference in which representatives of the Joplin NAACP and Black Lives Matter chapter and defense attorney Tracey Martin addressed their representation of the interests of Jalen Vaden, 22, Carl Junction, who was the live-in boyfriend of Jayda's mother Devyn Kyle. Vaden has been charged with second degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with Jayda's death.
Allen's husband Stewart commented negatively on the presence of Jayda's father Mac Kyle at the press conference and it was not long before Kemble discovered who had been interviewing her.
After that, the gloves were off.
Allen said she was angry that her journalistic ethics were being questioned. After all, she noted, "I was the only reporter that traded (sic) Mac with respect in the fact that I did not bring up any of his criminal history or the custody situation when I covered the news, so don't you try to argue ethics with me."
Allen did not explain why she would have written about Mac Kyle's brushes with the law or the custody situation anyway since those only come into play if you are addressing the allegations that Judd McPherson manipulated the investigation and there was no reason for her to bring that up since she already knew what happened in Devyn Kyle's home the night Jayda was abused and had proof that McPherson was nowhere near there.
Then Allen made disparaging remarks about Kemble, who lives in Georgia, not knowing what is going on in Carl Junction.
"I actually live here and don't believe everything that is spoon fed to me." She added, "I was seriously trying to keep you from getting your ass in deep s***, but at this time, I hope you are neck deep in it."
Allen continued her charm initiative with what appeared to be a threat.
"You have no clue what you have done and what you are in for. Absolutely no clue how many things you have wrong."
When Kemble again brought up the subject of Allen's husband's remarks about the press conference, Allen again put her particular brand of Carl Junction diplomacy on display.
"Well, since I don't live inside his head, I can only speculate that his contempt was directed at the man sitting in jail that actually did abuse and kill the child and disbelief at someone who was in attendance."
Kemble asked Allen to tell her why she thought "I would be in deep s***."
Allen suggested that Kemble try to find another way to make use of her time instead of interfering in Carl Junction business.
"Get a hobby. Or a pet. Or anything. Just find a way to entertain yourself. Seriously. I'm busy. Perhaps read Pride and Prejudice. Seriously, anything!"
Allen also did not explain how she was so certain that the man who has been sitting behind bars in the Jasper County Jail since December 6 is guilty.
Nor has she ever shared that information with her readers.
Allen concluded the conversation by saying she had never threatened Kemble.
"I'm not going to enlighten you on anything because there is absolutely no threat from me. I don't really care what you do or say. It's not my ass that's going to be on the line. I learned a long time ago to only put the truth in writing."
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Jasper County Sheriff: We are still investigating Jayda Kyle's death
Children's Division documents: Grandfather attempting to manipulate Jayda Kyle murder investigation
Juvenile Office documents: Jayda Kyle suffered bleeding from brain, severely torn retina, probably already brain dead when she arrived in K. C.
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