Stanley Lewis Dishon (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)
Bullitt County Sheriff David Greenwell
BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Jessica Dishon, 17, disappeared from her Bullitt County driveway September 10, 1999. Police thought she was a runaway until her body was found 17 days later.
On Wednesday, a grand jury formally charged Dishon's uncle, Stanley Dishon for kidnapping and murder. The 55-year-old is already serving time in state prison on sex abuse charges. Investigators say they've worked hard for this day.
Stanley Dishon is not the first man to be charged in Jessica's murder and ten years ago a mistrial set free her neighbor and original suspect in the case, David "Bucky" Brooks.
Bucky Brooks went to trial for Jessica's murder back in 2003. He was facing the death penalty. It ended in a mistrial and after this indictment, his lawyer tells us he finally feels some relief.
For more than a decade, John Spainhour has represented Brooks, stood by his side and believed in his defense.
"I've always believed Bucky and believed that he didn't have anything to do and simply had the misfortunate of showing up to work at the wrong time at the wrong place," said Spainhour.
Brooks was one of last people to admit to detectives back in 1999 that he saw Jessica alive in her driveway.
A little more than two weeks after Jessica disappeared, her body was found beaten and strangled.
Brooks was locked up for more than two years awaiting trial for kidnapping, murder, and tampering with physical evidence. The state then dismissed the charges for lack of evidence, but a cloud of suspicion continued to surround Brooks.
"Bucky and his family has suffered a good deal," said Spainhour.
Former Bullitt County Sheriff Paul Parsley worked the Dishon murder case before his retirement.
"When they said Bucky Brooks did it, I told them I didn't believe he did but you've got to go with what evidence you've got and what your officers have got," said Parsley.
At the time of Dishon's murder, Bullitt County Sheriff David Greenwell was just a deputy and the first on the scene. Years later, it's apparent it's a case that has stuck with him even bringing him to tears. Now he has hope for a conviction.
"We've indicted the right person," said Greenwell.
"There is a satisfaction in seeing some degree of vindication," said Spainhour.
Stanley Dishon denied our request for an interview. He is currently being held at the Bullitt County Detention Center.
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