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Sheriff: ‘Reliable tips' led to arrest in Dishon murder

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Stanley Lewis Dishon (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center) Stanley Lewis Dishon (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)
Jessica Dishon (Source: WAVE 3 Archives) Jessica Dishon (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
Sheriff Dave Greenwell announcing the arrest of Stanley Dishon. Sheriff Dave Greenwell announcing the arrest of Stanley Dishon.
Greenwell breaks down during the press conference. Greenwell breaks down during the press conference.
Paul Parsley Paul Parsley

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It had been a murder mystery that haunted Bullitt County for more than a decade. Wednesday, a grand jury handed down new indictments in the cold case murder of Jessica Dishon.

During a press conference on October 2, Bullitt County sheriff David Greenwell announced 14 years after Jessica's kidnapping and murder his deputies had the person responsible behind bars.

Jessica, 17, was last seen on the morning of Friday, September 10, 1999 as left she left to go to school. Her body was found 17 days later about seven miles from her home. She had been taken from her driveway, beaten and strangled.

Today, some people were angry to learn it was Stanley Dishon, Jessica's uncle, who was indicted for her kidnapping and murder. Others said they now have sympathy for David "Bucky" Brooks, the first man who was prosecuted for the crime.

"The Bullitt County grand jury has returned an indictment in Jessica Dishon's murder case," said Greenwell. "They've indicted Stanley Dishon for her murder."

Dishon, 55, was already serving time in Bullitt County Detention Center on sex abuse charges. Greenwell said Dishon's indictment for the murder and kidnapping of his niece came after five to six months of investigation based on what he called reliable tips.

When asked if Dishon confessed, Greenwell wouldn't elaborate. Instead he only said, "We've indicted the right person."

"You've got to remember," said Paul Parsley, the former Bullitt County sheriff, "indictment doesn't mean he's guilty."

Before his retirement, Parsley worked the Dishon murder case. He was the county sheriff in 2001 when Brooks, a former neighbor of Jessica Dishon's family, was charged with her kidnapping and murder. Brooks was acquitted of the charges two years later.

"When they said Bucky Brooks did it, I told them I didn't believe he did," said Parsley, "but you've got to go with what evidence you've got and what your officers have got."

Having known Jessica personally Parsley said he'd like to see her killer brought to justice. He just wants to make sure it's not at the expense of another innocent man. Ryan Moore, a local barber, feels the same.

"You know, he ended up doing two or three years of his life in prison for something that he had nothing to do with," said Moore.

"They all acted on the information that they had at the time," said Greenwell, who was a deputy at the time and the first officer on the scene after Jessica was reported missing.

The case is one he remembers so vividly that at one point during the press conference it brought him to tears. Greenwell now hopes the indictment of Stanley Dishon will help mend wounds that run deep in the close knit community.

"A lot of hearts can start to mend now," said Greenwell, "and hopefully some forgiveness among neighbors."

Mike and Edna Dishon, Jessica's parents, did not wish to speak on camera. Edna asked that the public pray for her family.

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