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Derion Vence's attorney has filed a subpoena for community activist Quanell X's cell phone records.

According to KHOU 11's legal analyst Gerald Treece, Vence's defense attorney wants the phone records to prove the police sent the Houston activist to obtain a confession from Vence.

Vence, 27, was arrested on May 11 and charged with tampering with a human corpse after police found blood evidence linked to Maleah Davis in the family's apartment. The arrest came a week after Vence told police the 4-year-old was abducted by three Mexican males.

In a jailhouse interview last week, Quanell X convinced Vence, the ex-fiance of Maleah's mother, to tell him where he disposed of Maleah's body after killing her "accidentally."

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A child's remains were recovered from alongside a highway in Arkansas and positively identified as belonging to Maleah.

But Vence's attorney, Dorian Cotlar, wants Quanell's phone records to call into question the alleged jailhouse confession, and to prove Quanell was acting as an agent for the police.

"I'm sure the defense lawyer is upset that the statement was made, and that's why he's going after the statement," said Treece.

Also on Wednesday morning, Cotlar filed a motion for Vence to undergo a mental health evaluation or intellectual disability assessment.

"Can this guy even assist in his own defense or is he so out of it that he doesn't even know what he's doing," said Treece, referring to Vence.

Treece cautioned that the motion doesn't mean the attorney is going for an insanity defense for Vence.

Defense lawyers are very creative with motions," said Treece. "This is just the beginning of these creative motions."

On Sunday, the Houston mayor plans to illuminate City Hall in pink lights to remember the little girl whose favorite color was pink.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Lock everybody damn up ..... this is a circus

  • Blaque Mahogany

    According to KHOU 11's legal analyst Gerald Greece, Vence's defense attorney wants the phone records to prove the police sent the Houston activist to obtain a confession from Vence.
    Hmmm. Interesting approach. They're trying to get the confession thrown out? I don't see it working.

  • Trace da Ace

    chile!!!!! So now they are trying to say he crazy....or whatever...when he is guilty as hell....if he would not have open his mouth...they would have never found he knew what the hell he was saying.....NOW FRY BOTH HIM AND THE MOTHER!

  • Li-Wright

    Well, SOMEBODY told Quanell where the body was.

  • Ni Ni

    I feel this case is being dragged out. Normaly two local criminals would've been charged & the end.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Sandra can we get a post on the medical examiners report on Precious, TI sister. I wasn’t ready.

  • MsSapphire9800

    When this case goes to court...there are going to be many surprises...the Mother and the Activist are in it together. I still believe she and the the boyfriend did the shyt together...and he is the fall guy right now. The snake of a mother was on the news yesterday..instead of speaking on her daughter...she was worrying about how people could say she killed her daughter. Bytch please!!!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Breaks my heart every time I see her little face..

  • GAPeach

    The police send people all the time to get people to confess about crimes. What's the big deal? He did it. He sent them to the body.


    Can't believe that old woman was a crackhead and also wondering who in the world started giving it to her. Smh

  • MsSapphire9800

    I was shock when I read that...never thought she was down with that type of behavior...Cocaine is a hell of a drug..Rick James!!!

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Sitting here with my mouth open reading MZT in SHOCK!!!! Like nah, not Precious!! But with that being said you never know what people got going on in their lives

  • StoneColdLady

    I don’t give a flying flip WHO sent him; he told him where the body was and that baby’s remains were found! Run his behind over with a lawn mower and pour vinegar and bleach in the wounds, let them heal and do it again, the mammy too

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. Even if the police sent him (which I doubt) that's not enough to throw out his confession. Police informants go undercover and get confessions from suspects all the time... often wearing a wire, being recorded. This lawyer is trying hard, but this'll be a tough case for him to win.

  • Ni Ni

    Cocaine?!? I refuse to believe it.?

  • Renee26

    Whaaaaaat???! Damn

    She was their live in nanny for a while.

  • Renee26

    Was it an OD?

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  • BlackNicheRims

    Just goes to show we can't go by what we see.

  • Guest

    Nah, it was a heart arrythmia which brought on an asthma attack.

  • Topic Influencer

    Report claims/said arrythmia brung on by cocaine use. All that asthma attack stuff came from them.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    So tf what if they did??? The point was for them not to find anything! I hate that logic “ye who shall look shall find” bish ye who shall be a lying murdering heaux shall be excu-tf-ed. Fawk that attorney

  • BlackNicheRims

    I think he served his purpose...but for all intents and purposes, he is an informant. He did what he was sent to do.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    There's judges, professors, and lawyers using cocaine. Shouldn't surprise us that there's suburban grandmothers who get caught up in it too. It's sad, but this stuff doesn't surprise me any more.

  • hottlanta

    Wow Sandy is it true that TI sister died from cocaine n high blood pressure medication.

  • Guest

    Oh ok.

  • gellie

    Exactly. The guy is in jail. No inmate has any expectation of privacy or confidentiality in jail UNLESS they are talking IN PERSON with their lawyer.

  • AListDiva29

    This breaks my heart seeing that beautiful little girls sweet face! I hope the mother rots in jail! The dad wanted her, so if the mother of your kids is acting questionable then more dad's need to step up and question the men that are around their child!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    From a legal perspective, there is a difference between a snitch/jailhouse informant and a state agent. A state agent is someone who is sent by police to elicit information. It's more like an interrogation opposed to someone sitting around waiting on you to volunteer information. If the person is a state agent then you have certain constitutional safeguards/protections. Specifically, the sixth amendment. That is why the defense are trying to prove he was sent by the state.

    I don't think it will work, but there is precedent. In any event, I am glad her body was found.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    Exactly. To be able to PinPoint her exact location is Pretty telling that someone gave up the 411.

  • Solstice

    Hey Hott! ? Yep. It’s posted above this one. ??

  • Guest

    And doctor's and nurses.

  • hottlanta

    Thanks lady. Just need vérification bcas yall bring it. How ya doing. Me n grandhots is doing fine. He has grown like a weed.

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  • Shawty

    Now he wants to play That's a hell to the naw. You did it now suffer the consequences.

  • Logan Roberts

    The only thing I want to hear again about this case, is that all people responsible for the death & cover-up of that precious baby be held guilty. #deathpenalty #lifeinprison

  • currvalicious

    No it was brought on by the cocaine.

  • currvalicious

    Didn't Quanell allegedly also told Quannell that he punched Mahlia out of rage & anger he felt against the mother?? Why didn't he just punch the hell of the mother? Duke it out w/her. Why exact rage & violence against a child? That is mind boggling to me.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    So now they gone make this case about how the CONFESSION was obtained!!! FOH! That baby was USED, ABUSED, MURDERED and DISCARDED!! All these stall tactics is some BS! they wanna blame somebody on how the CONFESSION was obtained and leaked..ILL BE THE FALL GUY!! I'll even say I acted as an attorney to get the CONFESSION and then ran to the cops and spilled the beans/snitched and all that!

  • Chapter29Chick

    From wat understand the baby was the on who presented the evidence to the mom.

  • onelove

    Yup! only important part

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  • Jordan’s Memory

    Who Cares!!!! IDGAF who they sent something needed to be done and he got the job done period!!!! Because nobody was talking and the police pusee footing around with locking his ass up!

  • DeepThinker

    Wow! Really?!!! Oooh please do tell where u heard that? Sadly and sickening this makes it clearer what his motive would have been for harming the child. Which could be why mother is so adamant about trying to distance herself in the timeline.

  • DeepThinker

    He’s cracking under pressure because his mind wasn’t very strong to begin with.

  • Libby

    WTH Please elaborate I been current in all the shenanigans that him and her been fibbing.. I won’t say either of their names they both sickening ?????

  • T3

    Every time I see a pic of this sweet innocent child, my heart aches. This is so sad. I hope that lowlife never sees daylight again.

  • Solstice

    Aww ? the time does fly!! I’m doing well! Enjoying my early summer mini trip. I can’t wait to see new pics of grandhott. How’s Dr. Hott? ?

  • Kimocha

    They keep showing different pics of Maleah... What a BEAUTIFUL child she was!... May she get the justice she deserves and RIP.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    U absolutely right! Ppl have problems that’s for sure

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I wonder if tip and tiny on it?