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Dishon won't face death penalty

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - While Stanley Dishon will still face murder and kidnapping charges this September, he will not face the possibility of the death penalty.

Prosecutor Mike Ferguson disclosed during a two-hour hearing on Thursday that his office will not be seeking the death penalty against Dishon.

Dishon, 55, is charged with the September 1999 murder of his niece, Jessica Dishon.

The Class A felonies are still punishable by 20 years to life in prison. And Ferguson would like to have aggravating penalties to be considered by a jury if a sentencing phase is reached.

On Thursday, special judge Charles Simms III considered motions filed by Dishon's defense team. Most of those motions requested discovery evidence to be provided by Ferguson.

Another hearing is set for March 26 to determine whether the discovery orders were followed.

A September trial date is still set for Dishon's case in Bullitt Circuit Court.

See Monday's edition of The Pioneer News and www.pioneernews.net for more details on Thursday's hearing.