Dishon trial to be next Sept. in murder case

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By Thomas Barr

SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The man accused of committing the 1999 murder of Jessica Dishon entered a not guilty plea in Bullitt Circuit Court.

Stanley Dishon entered a not guilty plea on charges of capital murder and kidnapping in the September 1999 death of his 17-year-old niece.

Special judge Charles Simms II set a Sept. 22, 2014, trial date.

Simms, who was appointed the special judge after Rodney Burress and Elise Spainhour both recused.

In the arraignment Thursday in Bullitt Circuit Court, Simms gave prosecutor Mike Ferguson 90 days to determine whether the commonwealth would seek the death penalty.

Discovery in the case must be turned over the defense attorneys within 60 days.

No other hearing dates were set.

Dishon remains in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond.

He was housed in the detention facility on a previous sex-related charge against another individual. That case will return to court on Oct. 30 for a pre-trial hearing.

Dishon was recently indicted for the death of his niece.

After she disappeared on Sept. 17, 1999, the Bullitt Central student would be found later strangled and abused along Greenwell Ford Road along the river bottoms.

The case would ultimately go to trial with David "Bucky" Brooks being charged with the murder.

However, a mistrial was declared when the late Det. Charles Mann mentioned that the defendant had taken a polygraph test, which is not admissible in Kentucky courts.

The charges against Brooks would later be dropped.

Sheriff David Greenwell, who was first to the scene in 1999 when he was a deputy with the department, said that new information 5-6 months ago led law enforcement to charge Dishon.