Their chanting voices could be heard for blocks as the crowd of about 40 people, dressed mostly in red, took to the sidewalks Saturday afternoon in protest of a 2015 homicide case that has still not gone to trial.
Dante Romannose-Jones was barely 13 when he was gunned down in May 2015 in a residential area in Klamath and his mother, Martha Romannose-Jones, feels the entire case was botched by authorities. She said evidence was tainted, the crime scene was tracked up and witnesses to the shooting were disqualified for mental health reasons. She also claimed that two tribal officers heard the gunshots that killed her son but didn’t respond.
“They said, ‘If we investigated every gunshot in Klamath, that’s all we would be doing,” Martha said.
Sixteen-year-old Nathan Feliz, who was arrested after the killing and charged with murder, was released after a Department of Justice forensic analysis of the crime scene was said to have ruled Feliz out as a suspect .
“Keep in mind that if I go to trial with the evidence I have today, I will lose, and if that happens we cannot retry (Feliz), and really as a practical matter we cannot try anyone else,” then District Attorney Dale Trigg told the court at the time. “The probability of us getting justice (for Dante) is drastically lessened if I go to trial right now.”
Trigg is no longer DA, following a hasty exit from the position in May 2017.
The peaceful march has been an annual occurrence since the charges were dropped. Marchers returned to the Cultural Center after walking up and down U.S. 101, chanting “Justice for Dante.”