I learned only yesterday that Alex King is back in jail again and facing the possibility of a revocation of his probation.

He was involved in a minor traffic accident shortly after midnight last Thursday morning February 17th, and fled the scene on foot. A little later at a Pensacola apartment complex, he was arrested and charged with violation of right of way, leaving the scene of a crash, and violation of a driver’s license restriction; was placed in the Escambia County Jail; released on a $1,000 bond; and then rearrested the next day when it had been learned that he’d tested positive for opiates—a parole violation. He is now being held without bail in the county jail until his appearance at a March 25th hearing where the court will decide if he goes back to prison, spends time in jail, or is returned to probation.

All that I know about Alex’s situation is based on the little that Derek was able to tell me and other particulars gleaned from Florida media reports. I’m not a newspaper reporter, so I’m not going to run through all of the details of the accident except to say that Alex was with a friend and that no one in either car was seriously injured.

My main concern at this point is what the State of Florida is going to make of this and how it will impact Alex’s future. Alex is on five years’ probation through 2013 for a 2005 “escape attempt” at Okeechobee Juvenile Corrections Center, where he was serving a seven year sentence for the murder of his father. Following this incident in which he spent a night in a classroom in the facility after escaping from his cell, Alex served out his full term as a model prisoner. The five year probation sentence was wisely applied instead of additional prison time which would probably have resulted in his demoralization, ruination, and loss to the world.

Today I’ll be calling key people in his support network to make sure Alex receives the help he will need to make the best of this situation. I’ll be spending the day figuring out what additional things you and I will need to do to help him get through this in one piece.

Alex is a very smart kid, but in some ways very lacking in the kinds of experience that you and I take for granted. He spent his whole childhood in prison.

The first prison was created by his father, where he was isolated without friends and outside contacts except for Rick Chavis, a pedophile adult who preyed on the boy and manipulated Alex into convincing Derek to vent his rage by murdering their father who stood in the way of Chavis’ domination of Alex.

The second prison—two facilities, actually—was provided by the State of Florida where Alex was surrounded by dysfunctional people who were negative role models as bad in their own ways as was Chavis.

There is precious little in Alex’s early life to help him negotiate this difficult transition from prison to freedom and self-responsibility. His father was a man who was overwhelmed and continually defeated by small problems. It is only since Alex’s release in 2008—just three years ago—that Alex has been surrounded by good people who have been positive role models. After spending 85% of his life in dysfunction, it should be no surprise to anyone that these positive influences have been insufficient to prevent this relatively minor stumble and lapse of judgment. A parole violation and traffic accident are not violent or serious crimes.

I made the mistake of reading through public comments made to the stories of Alex’s re-arrest, and I am dismayed at the ignorance and intolerance and meanness of people. I don’t understand how people who have never lifted a finger to help Alex can be exhibiting such umbrage over this recent incident. They make it so abundantly clear that, no matter what he has and continues to suffer, Alex is still unforgiven and being held to a standard that few people can or do live up to in their own lives.

If anyone is “entitled” to be pissed off at Alex, it would be me if I were so inclined. Hell, I have invested huge amounts of time in him and raised large amounts of money to help with Alex’s legal defense for the escape charge. Yes, I am disappointed this has happened, but I am not disappointed in him.

Alex is doing the best that he knows how to do. Everyone and everything in his early life failed him, and it is utterly retarded for anyone to now feel that he has somehow let us down.

When the time comes that I ask you to help, I hope you will please join me in once again showing Alex that we still believe in him and will cover his back.


Groove of the Day

Listen to Talk Talk performing “I Believe In You”


I’ve spent a couple hours on the phone talking with Alex’s mother, parole officer, etc., and it appears the “opiates” detected were a medication for which Alex had a prescription and had taken for the pain associated with cracked ribs sustained in the accident. So, contrary to the impression being stirred up in the media tempest, Alex had not been partying that night and panicked for more complex reasons based on his prior experiences with the law.

He has, in fact, been enrolled in school, getting good grades, and walking a straight-and-narrow path. The accident happened in foggy conditions while Alex and his friend were driving a short distance to a convenience store.

The hate-mongers in Pensacola will believe what they will, but the truth is that Alex is a good kid who is simply being dogged by his unfortunate past.


34 Responses to “unforgiven”

  1. 1 Matt
    February 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Given previous posts where you had mentioned talking with Derek King in the past, I was wondering if you were going to address this incident with his brother, Alex. At least one of those comments you read was mine. While I expressed sadness and general dismay, I too was taken aback by the viciousness of many of the comments, though having lived in that area myself, not completely surprised.

    There was one post which claimed that the drug test was performed after the hospital had provided him with pain medication, which is why there was a positive result. If that is true and for the correct substance, then it should prove out through the evidence and he will be freed at the upcoming hearing. Given his history, I truly understand his panic at the prospect of facing LEO at the traffic accident, but deciding to run was obviously an unwise decision. I only hope that it was not because he knew what would show up in any post-accident substance tests.

    Although it is very sad that Alex King will have to spend another month incarcerated while awaiting his next hearing, perhaps this will serve as a warning to him (and others) for just how tenuous a parolee’s situation is, right or wrong. As we have since his original trial, we will keep both Alex and his brother in our prayers.

  2. 2 Emily P
    February 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Very sad news. Keeping Alex in my prayers.

  3. 3 Mike
    February 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    A good reminder of the importance of FORGIVENESS as a central social value. Whether you approach this from a religious point of view or not, forgiveness is important for offenders, victims, and society if we are going to move toward healing and wholeness. Christians, Jews, and Muslims place a high priority on forgiveness–and since that takes in a large proportion of our population, we could more prudently and effectively use the discourse of forgiveness to motivate people to rethink their attitudes. When offenders know and feel that others have not forgiven them, this makes more difficult (even impossible) the task of forgiving themselves. Only when they forgive themselves can they begin to take on the new identity that they need to live a life that is more flourishing than the one they are leaving behind.

  4. 4 Kitty
    February 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I was exasperated upon reading what happened with Alex. Not with him, but with a media who will never let him be out from under the microscope and a judicial system that is expecting perfection from him. The only thing that bothers me about his actions is the possible use of “opiates”. Too many normal things young people do are being criminalized and the real criminals get away with atrocious behavior. I will be ready to do whatever I can to help this young man should the real criminals decide to perpetrate a crime against him by placing him back in prison for being “human”.

  5. 5 Jeanne
    February 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    It is not uncommon to have some residual imperfections when you have experienced life as Alex has. These things happen to a lot to young adults, the only difference is that people are going to judge him more harshly because of his past. This is unfair, unfounded, and ignorant. He too is a young adult still learning life the hard way. The better part of him has grown into a fine young man that has withstood much more in his lifetime than any one of us can understand psychologically.

    Alex has come a long way and will rise above this obstacle once more with a good support system.

    Let us know how we can help!

  6. 6 andy rea
    February 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Drug testing in America has become an evil scourge on her people! All over profit.

  7. 7 Gloria
    February 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I’m glad to hear that noone was seriously injured, that’s the good news. Now the media will do the best they know to do and is to spread hate. Because of his past is going to be more difficult for him. I understand he flee the scene, after all he has been through,(was an stupid decition but in a panicked moment not many people can think properly right?) I think I would have panicked too if I would have been in his situation. Is inevitable that sooner or later a minor infraction can happen since is obvious that everything is a crime there. So he tested in opiates eh?, well if it was medication probably his parole officer knew, so why to incarcerate him and make things worst for him? I’m not dissapointed on Alex, I would be if he would have intentionally murdered someone or harm in another way someone, I’m sure he is trying to do his best but Alex is in a rough path with a lot of unforgivness and mean people who would be very glad to see him fall. I hope and pray you can help Alex and he can continue proving to the people who love him(the only people who really matters, not those useless mean people who spreads so much hate) that he is a good person.
    Let us know how we can help Dan.

  8. 9 Gloria
    February 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Is not easy for kids who had grown up in prison come out without making some mistakes throgh his/her new life. What we must realise is that we can not give up on them because something like this happen, we have to fight even more at their side to help them get through it. To let them know that if they want to have a good life if they want a chance we will be there for them but they have to work throguh it too. The path to freedom for Kids like Alex is a rough one because everyone is looking up to them to see if they fail, some would celebrate it if they do, others will still keep fighting for them, never giving up. I was looking on the net about the juvenile detention center where Alex was just out of curiosity. I’m of the opinion that you can not save a child trhough incarceration and hard punishment, for me sending kids so young to prison is a recipe for a disaster. We must find other ways to help them. But guess some people still think prison for kids is the answer so when the times come when this kids are let free and one of them does something wrong, will always come the ones to say “see, I told you, you can not rehabilitate this people”.
    Well I say they are wrong, you can rehabilitate them if you really want, just don’t give up everytime there is a set back (is that the word?) because probably there would still be a few little more moments where he still will fail in some way, really hope for his own good he doesn’t “fail” again because you can see for some of the comments how much they would enjoy seeing this kid’s life completely destroy, thank God he’s not alone and has a lot of people who will still support him. I don’t know what else to say but it just pained me to see some of them comments directed to him.

    “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it.” Eleanor Roosvelt.

    Well, after looking about Alex juvenile corretional center I found this… You be the judge

    Let there be no doubt that the brutal beatings that took place at the White House “Torture Chamber” at the Florida School for Boys at Marianna and Okeechobee was far worse than one would ever consider severe by any standards.



    Author, Roger Dean Kiser saying, “A lot of good little boys walked into this damn White House building standing behind me; but a lot more little Charlie Manson’s walked back out than did good little boys.”

    • February 24, 2011 at 2:48 am

      Gloria, there are two youth facilities at Okeechobee, and this facility is NOT the one Alex was sent to (which was a maximum security private prison owned by Securicor, a British company). I visited the place once in late 2004 and met with the warden. It was a bleak place and the warden wouldn’t even admit that Alex was there, even though we both knew he was. It was a very strange meeting that created the strongest impression that the place was a spiritual “black hole” that drew in all things and allowed nothing to escape. It was just a few months later that Alex did try to escape, and I didn’t blame him at all. I think I might have tried the same myself had I been in his position.

  9. 11 Mike
    February 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    This op-ed piece from Monday’s New York Times gives an interesting perspective on the foster care system in the US….and I think you’d all probably agree that what happens in families and foster families is a significant part of juvenile justice issues.

    Bornstein – A Families-First Approach to Foster Care

  10. 12 William King
    February 24, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I have been a big supporter of Alex and Derek from when I had heard of their situation in 2001 and I still support them both. To stay around the Florida area will do nothing but bring them reminders of their destroyed childhoods and I will do whatever is possible to help either of them anytime…………….Bill

    • February 24, 2011 at 2:51 am

      Bill, I have known about you (through Lisa Drew-Alton) ever since I first became associated with the King Brothers Trust. I’m so pleased you found this blog and I welcome you here!

      • 14 William King
        February 24, 2011 at 5:50 am

        I had sent as much as I could to the trust fund and then I fell on some rough times. As of this past Friday I finally got my feet back on the ground and I have an place of my own for the first time since 2004. I had sent supplies to Derek until they cut me off from contact and I sent some items to Ocheechobee in the name of Alex, I lost contact from there as well. I am now on SSDI and Veterans disability funds after spending the last 6 months at the Martinsburg Veterans Administration . I still believe in both young men and they are still being used as pawns in the Florida judicial system and the negative attacks by David Rimmer and Frank Bell plus the negative Pensacola News are still haunting them even today. I caught Rimmers act in the Daniel Carter case and Daniel was fortunate enough to leave Florida…Bill

  11. 15 Jeanne
    February 24, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Mike, that is some great information. Thanks for sharing. Seems like that concept is long overdue but thank God someone is thinking out of the box! We need this program to continue to grow into every state.

    It is hard to believe that we bounce children in and out of foster care homes. I never considered these children are suffering from post traumatic stress but it really makes sense that they would. I have a friend that is an excellent foster mom. I always ask her how the children can leave her. I think that that detachment is too much for young children to experience. We still need these avenues though for cases where children are blatantly with out love or support, though I still think a new name for orphanages would permit more stability and balance with consistent caregivers/mentors. It does not have to be a bad thing. There are a lot of good people out there with a lot of love to share.

    In the end, it makes more sense to help the families rather than let them self-destruct. If we do not seek to find the solution, we continue to be part of the problem.

  12. 16 Clyde
    March 3, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I don’t mind helping Alex out with some money for his lawyer fees. but he has to stop getting his self in troubal. hes not a 12 year old boy any more. and he has to realize
    that he can’t keep going up in front of these judges. I’m sory to say this, but I don’t think all the money in the world is going to get him out of this mess. hes going back to jail. I’m
    not sure how long. I just hope he does not end up in a state penitentiary. the judge could
    let him walk. but with all those other felonys, I just don’t see it. I do wish him the beat
    of luck.

    • March 3, 2011 at 5:40 am

      Well Clyde, if you don’t mind helping Alex out, then would you please do it? Then yes, you can chide him all you like.

      The thing I have learned in recent years is that the probation system is designed to keep the underclass in a perpetual state of servitude to the state. It is a money-making machine for the courts.

      To err is human and, like the credit card industry that only makes money if you don’t pay off your balance every month, the courts count on people on probation making mistakes to make their money.

      I was tipping drinks a couple years back with a judge who told me people should always serve out their full sentences and avoid parole, otherwise the system will have its hooks into you forever.

      Probation and parole are technically two different things, but they carry the same risks of permanent servitude.

      Yes, Alex should stop getting himself into trouble… but he was raised by the state surrounded by troublemakers. Trouble is all he’s ever known, and yet he has done a remarkable job of rehabilitating himself. He has done a better job of it that most people could have done who grew up with more advantages.

      Send the kid a contribution, Clyde. Give him your help and encouragement first… and then offer advice.


  13. 18 Donna
    March 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Facts: The accident happened after midnight.
    Both cars were totaled.
    The owner of the car he was driving did not give him permission to drive it.
    This put the owner of the car in a very financial strain.
    Alex showed disrespect to the owner of the car and the law.

  14. April 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Alex is something special, gift of God. Been thru so much horrible things as a kid. Me,I believe he’s innocent. No arguing with me on that. However him to have more added years and be put in jail, maybe prison for the car wreck thing is complete wrong. Him running away from accident was not good. But he already was in jail for 7 years. Don’t you think thats long enouth. He made a mistake doing that. Leave the poor boy alone. He has been trying to get his life together. He was doing so good with good positive things, had a family and more. Now florida wants to throw him in prison. That is corrupted. he is no murder. No one died in the accident. IWill not let this stand seeing him put away again without a fight. FREE ALEX KING NOW! NOW! NOW!

  15. 20 £ance NICKSON
    June 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Hi there all,

    Down on the other side of the earth in Australia, there is a group of us who are concerned about Alex and Derek, and have been continually since those awful events of some years ago. If any of you out there have contact with the se two chaps, please let them know that there are others outside their immediate environment who think about them and would love to help them in any way we can. Yes, they (to use an Australian expression) stuffed up, but from what I have read and seen, they seem to be making a conscious effort to become useful citizens since their release. Alex & Derek, we are here for you both. Alex, keep your chin up mate and walk tall! £ance.

  16. September 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    If anybody could help me get in contact with Alex King that would be most appreciated. I’d love to write him and give as much support as I can. I’m sure it puts him in good spirits knowing that all these people are there for him.

  17. 22 Gia
    October 17, 2011 at 12:37 am

    As long as I live I will never forget this young man, his face has haunted me throughout the years. I can picture him like it was yesterday, sitting in that courtroom and being held solely responsible (along with his brother) for the consequences of events which adults created in his life. As I watched the news of the trial all those years ago, it turned my stomach to hear the prosecutor refer to a 12 year old child as an adult pedophile’s “lover.” Such disgusting behavior from a person who is sworn to protect the public. I am assuming an educated person would realize this was a victimized child who was horribly raped and not a “lover.” From what I remember Alex was 11 years old when this monster began to rape him. Furthermore, to know that this monster was not held responsible in any way is beyond belief.

    I cannot even try to imagine being a child and knowing every adult who I came in contact with by the time I was 12 had turned their back on me and let me down.

    Despite this nightmarish life he lived as a child and spending years in prison he seems to have done much better with his life than one would expect. I just pray to God he will not continue to be punished for the rest of his life. He certainly deserves some peace.

    Could you please give a current update as to how he and his brother are doing? Although I do not know him, nor does he know me, please communicate to him my thoughts and prayers that he is able to free himself of a tortured life and live a happy, healthy and peaceful life.

    Thank you,

    • October 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Hey Gia, There are a lot of us out here supporting Alex (I am in Australia and have gathered a “Gang” [as Dan and Alex refer to us] around me who support him 100%). Yes, I became “involved”, although vicariously some 10 years ago, but am really glad that I (and The Gang) are working with Dan for Alex’s well-being. Don’t start me onthe way he and Derek were treated (or how young people are treated today in places like Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, to but name a few. Dan is the best for an update on Alex as he is in regular communication with him – we can’tdo too much from the other side of the earth. Best wishes Gia. £ance

      • 24 Gia
        October 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

        Thanks for your reply Lance. An American here who is grateful for your assistance to these children. I have gone back to Dan’s monthly posts to read each one and see if he mentions Alex’s current status. I see from his most recent sent to me my email that Alex is still in custody, sad to hear this. I just would like to know the details and the length of his incarceration.

        My income is limited, I had to take an early retirement at 55, but I would like to help out as much as I can (possibly with sending books?) starting next month. I would sincerely like to thank Dan and all of his supporters for helping these children as well.

      • October 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm

        THE state of Florida needs to grow up when it comes right down to justice systum for our juveniles people like Alex don’t belong in a prison or jail. He did his time for 7 years now and then after 2 years when he got out making something good for himself florida just grabs him throws him in a pit of hell jail now talking prison over a stupid traffic thing. they wanna give him years of prison over that. I am fighting for Alex’s fredom. I won’t shut up about it till they just let Alex go. He has a right to have a good life.

    • October 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      jax i will give you adress on email to write to Alex. chosentoo2000@yahoo.com
      i have the address at home. Don’t have it with me. He be glad to hear from you in letter. I write him and he’s wrote 3 times to me. Alex is a great young man. He’s not a bad kid at all. Alex is doing alright. Helping a guy get ged and help readingand even doing bible studies. Pray to God he did not sentensed more years in prison. No need to put him bak in there.Wish people in florida will leave Alex alone.

  18. 27 Alia
    May 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I am confused as to how the opiates were in his body at the time of the car accident if they were prescribed due to injuries received in the accident?

    • May 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Alia, Alex took a single pain pill on the evening of the accident. He was tested the following day. He was absolutely clean at the time of the accident.

    • May 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      I am such a emotional person when it comes to juveniles and ven young adults such as Alex here. I am such a woorried wart someone said i am. Anyways panics, worrying, stress, feak outs what i done/do. But the day I heard year ago how Alex was arrested over a traffice deal. I thought how cray for the court to go to harsh. They had no right putting him ibehind bars again, it’s just traffice thing. THEY JUST WANNA GO ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the way back to the charge he had in 2001, well he got 7 years for that and then got out but they wanna keep going on, on about waht happened way back then. I mean florida just get on with our lives shall we? He freaked out in traffic deal, he made a mistake so get over it florida courts. Don;t need to have a excuse to put him in after he was sentened 7 years and thats all it should of been cause he did get 7 years no need of adding more time. Thing is why did they just not do like house arrest for awhile and community service and maybe a big traffic ticket and maybe take drivers test again, beats being to harsh and saying 3 to 5 years prison. I am worried about Alex, have not heard from him and also look at him short guy like him, and such a baby face guy thats 21 or 22, looks younger still. IM WORRIED HE MAY GET HURT AND HOPE SOMEONES KEEPING THE GUY SAFE HANDS. I KNOW IF I WAS IN THAT PRISON OR WS AT ESCAMBIA AND SAW SOMEONE HARM ALEX ILL STEP IN AND PROTECT ALEX. HERE I AM TALKING MANCHO AGAIN. BUT ALEX DON’T NEED TO BE HURT. ALEX DID NOTHING WRONG TO GET PRISON TIME.. IM GLAD IT WAS NOT 5 YEARS FOR SURE THOU, BUT THE ONE YEAR HE WAS AT ASSCAMBIA JAIL 2011 TO 2012 IS LONG ENOUTH, HE SHOULD BE FREE NOW STARTING HIS LIFE IN JOY HAPPYNESS, JUST WHEN HE WAS JUST GETTING A GOOD LIFE AND HEALED SOME ONE HAS TO WRECK IT FOR ALEX. THATS NOT RIGHT MAY WHOEVR IS SLAMMIN ALEX AND DEREK WELL THEY NEED TO KEEP QUIT AND LET THEM GO ON IN LIFE TO THE FULL. AND AS AFAR AS THAT DAVID RIMMER PROSECUTOR BACK IN 2001, BETTA HE HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THIS HOKUS POKUS OF GETTING THE OTHERE PROSECUTOR TO GO AFTER ALEX TO DESTROY HIM, ALL CAUSE ALEX DID NOT GET LONGER AND NOW THAT HE GOT ARRESTED HE WANTS ALEX HUNG. DAVID RIMMER STILL EXISTS TODAY. WELL BETTER NOT GET INTO IT CAUSE ME AND RIMMER HAD WORDS BACK AND FORTH. HE KNOWS OF ME. RIMMER DOES CAUSE I STOOD UP FOR ALEX AND DEREK KING. I ALWAYS WILL BELIEVE THEY ARE INNOCENT AND FLORIDA SURE EVERTED JUSTICE THAT DAY IN 2001. WELL ENOUTH OF RIMMER, CHAVIS, ETC. IM HERE FOR ALEX.HE HAS ENCOURAGED ME IN BIBLE VERSES WICH I NEED TO GET READING VERSES AGAIN. SO ALEX AND I HAVE BEEN PENPALS ACCOUNTABLE TO EACH OTHER. EVEN FASTING AND PRAYING HES ASKED IF I WANNA CONSIDER DOING. HE AND HIS GRANDA HAS DONE IT. IM A IRON JUSTICE MAN. OK IM OUTTA HERE. PEACE BROS AND SISTERS

  19. 31 alessia
    September 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Can i ask how’s the situation now?
    I hope he’ll back to his life soon but i heard he’s back in prison for 3 years.

  20. October 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Dear Alex king I believe that you are really innocent and I truly believe that you where molested by that monster and Alex king I’m really sorry really sorry that happened to you .Alex king you didn’t kill your father that monster child molester did so he could cover up what he did to you I truly believe that . and you are innocent I don’t care what people say they are really fast on judge in people when they don’t know the story

  21. December 5, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Is it true that Alex did not have permission to drive that car, and is his curfew before Midnight. I have followed Alex & Derek since their first trial started. I even wrote Alexs’ lawyer I didn’t get an answer. Dereks’ lawyer info was not available at that time. I want both young men to do well. Maybe Alex should have left with Deredk.
    I would like to help I don’t have much but I can give a little. I would like about Dereck.

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