Police Have Prime Suspects, New Leads In Dishon Murder

(LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 18th, 2004, 12:50 p.m.) -- Authorities say they have strong new leads in the unsolved murder of Jessica Dishon, a 17-year-old who was found beaten and strangled after she disappeared in September 1999.

Bullitt County Sheriff's detectives now say they have three prime suspects in the case. It comes ten months after charges were dismissed against David "Bucky" Brooks, the man once suspected of killing the girl.

Investigators declined to name the suspects or say whether Brooks is one of them. But detective Scotty McGaha says Brooks was not one of the many people the department interviewed over the last three months.

Brooks was charged with murder and kidnapping in January 2001, but Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Mann dismissed those charges last

September following a mistrial, saying he didn't have sufficient evidence to get a conviction.

Two of the investigators' recent interviews have been with a man incarcerated in a state prison, but McGaha declined to name the man or the prison.

Meanwhile, Mann and Brooks' defense attorney Vince Yustas are scheduled to appear in Bullitt Circuit Court tomorrow to review who should have custody of evidence presented during Brooks' trial.

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