Tea Party supporter angry about prosecutor's move - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Tea Party supporter angry about prosecutor's move


ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Prosecutors in Hardin County want to drop the charges against man caught on video tape following a controversial act of vandalism -- and the victim says he believes the system is letting him down.

We told you about Kenneth Bunting six months ago. He thought he had an air-tight case, after catching someone he says doesn't like his Tea Party affiliations vandalizing his truck -- on video!

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A couple of days ago, he says he and his wife, got the worst possible news.

Standing over his pick-up truck with his tea party and don't tread on me stickers, Kenneth Bunting is a proud man.

"This incident isn't going to stop me from being an active American in the democratic process," Bunting told Fox 41's Bill Alexander.

Six months ago, we brought the story seen only on Fox: After repeated acts of vandalism, eggs thrown on his truck in the middle of the night and a slashed tire, the career military man and his wife set up surveillance in their front yard.

It paid off. He caught a man pouring a substance on the hood of the truck -- later identified as paint thinner. A tea bag was left on the spot.

Police quickly arrested a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Thomas North, who lives not far away. They executed a search warrant and found what they called "evidence of the crime" at his home.

Click HERE to view the arrest warrant and the motion to dismiss charges.

Two days ago, Bunting got a call from prosecutors saying they want to drop the criminal mischief felony charge.

"The way it was explained to me was, the physical evidence was mishandled by police -- that the clothing that matched the video that was recovered from Mr. North's house could not be tested for organic compounds because it was put in a paper sack and sat for six months before it was tested," Bunting told Fox 41.

The motion to dismiss is on file at the Hardin County Courthouse. We made several phone calls to the prosecutor -- the Commonwealth's Attorney. They did not return phone calls to Fox 41.

Bunting says prosecutors told him the tea bag left on the hood wasn't collected and properly handled by police. But he adds that the surveillance video itself is damning.

"That video evidence alone is not enough to obtain a conviction," he said. "I guess, everything else is considered tainted."

Fox 41 also made several calls to Elizabethtown police for their side of the story, and our calls were not returned.

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