Prosecutor Says Charges Stand Against Brooks In Dishon Case

By David McArthur

(LOUISVILLE, March 3rd, 2003, 6:30 p.m.) -- David "Bucky" Brooks wants his murder charges dropped, but prosectors are saying that's not going to happen. Brooks had been on trial for the murder of his neighbor, 17-year-old Jessica Dishon, when testimony from a lead detective on the case caused a mistrial. WAVE 3's David McArthur reports.

Brooks continues to deny any role in Jessica's murder, and says he's now enjoying his freedom after being in jail for more than two years.

On Monday, after two-and-a-half years behind bars, David Brooks held his first ever news conference. But it wasn't the first time the Bullitt County man faced the cameras. He sat down with WAVE-SNITCH reporter James Zambroski on Saturday, and we also joined Brooks on a family outing Sunday.

Brooks says he is finding a lot of support, now that he's out of jail, but Bullitt County prosecutor Mike Mann says there are no surprises in Brooks' recent TV interviews. Mann says Brooks is still the prime suspect in Dishon's murder, and a retrial is in the works.

Brooks' attorney, Vince Yustas, admits a dismissal of charges is a longshot, but says at least if his client has to wait for a new trial, he can do it with out waiting behind bars.

Brooks must stay out of Bullitt County as a condition of his bond. He says he supports that restriction, because he does fear a bit for his safety.

The Dishon family didn't want to comment for this story.

Online Reporter:  David McArthur

Online Producer:  Michael Dever