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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Stanley Dishon's wife in 2002 told a social worker that he was "significantly affected" by the murder of his niece, Jessica Dishon, according to court records.
However, Carol Ann Walters, who divorced Stanley Dishon the same year, said her ex-husband, Gary Eldridge, "had questioned Mr. Dishon's possible role in the murder and that had increased tensions between the two families."
The records were part of an investigation in 2002 into whether Stanley Dishon sexually abused his daughter and step-daughter.
There was no other mention of the 17-year-old's death in the case except to say the "family acknowledged but did not actively discuss the effects of the sexual assault and murder of Mr. Dishon's niece."
At the time, the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department and Commonwealth's Attorney's office had charged David "Bucky" Brooks, who lived next door, with Jessica's murder. In 2003, Brooks was released from jail after a judge declared a mistrial after a detective testified Brooks had failed a lie-detector test, which is not admissible. The charges were dismissed against Brooks.
Stanley Dishon pleaded guilty in 2004 to two counts of sodomy, entering an Alford plea, meaning he maintained his innocence but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict him. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005.
Bullitt County Sheriff David Greenwell, who as a rookie deputy was the first on the scene when Jessica Dishon disappeared on Sept. 10, 1999, would not answer questions about the evidence against Stanley Dishon.
John Spainhour, an attorney for Brooks, said Wednesday the defense team's investigators briefly looked at Stanley Dishon but were "led in a different direction," to two men, James Coulter and Jason Dunford, who were seen with Jessica the night before she disappeared.
Stanley Dishon was "in the names of people we looked at but we kept getting sightings involving our other suspects," said Spainhour. "We have always believed it was not Bucky. I appreciate the continued law enforcement investigation and the professional pursuit of an unpunished crime."
Spainhour said Brooks told him both at the time and Wednesday that Stanley Dishon was living with Jessica and her family around the time of the murder.
Asked about that, Greenwell said he didn't want to "give particulars about the case at this time."
Stanley Dishon, 55, was charged recently with sexual abuse, sodomy and rape, accused of sexually assaulting a female under the age of 12 in 1982.
He has been serving a state sentence and was moved to Bullitt County jail on the new sex charges recently. Stanley Dishon was indicted on charges of murder and kidnapping in connection with Jessica's death.
Jessica was last seen at the family's Shepherdsville home as she was preparing to go to school on Sept. 10, 1999. Her body was found 17 days later, about seven miles from her home, in a dumping ground known as the Salt River bottoms.
Stanley Dishon has little education - "none really," he told a judge when pleading guilty in 2002. He said he had finished grade school. Walters described him as "not sophisticated."
During the guilty plea, Eldridge told the judge he wanted to "do everything I can to protect my children when he does get out of prison."