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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Another unexpected development in the Jessica Dishon murder investigation today.
The judge removed himself from the case, causing another delay in a crime that took place 14 years ago.
Stanley Dishon was indicted for his niece's murder 14 years after she was killed. But he'll have to wait a bit longer to enter a plea.
When Dishon entered the courtroom, it was expected he would plead not guilty to charges that he kidnapped and murdered his niece, Jessica Dishon, back in 1999.
But Dishon's attorneys dropped yet another bomb in this already explosive case, entering a motion that Circuit Judge Rodney Burress recuse himself from the case.
Prior to becoming a judge, Burress represented Bullitt Co. Sheriff's Detective Charles Mann in a contempt of court case.
Mann had testified during the trial of David "Bucky" Brooks, who was originally charged with Jessica's death, that Brooks had failed a polygraph test.
That information was inadmissible in court and led the judge to declare a mistrial.
Now, Stanley Dishon's lawyers argue Burress' involvement in that case should disqualify him.
"The entire investigation and trial of Bucky Brooks will likely be an issue at trial for Mr. Dishon. There will be several matters that will be addressed within these hearings regarding admissibility. It also involves credibility and other issues that Your Honor has knowledge of, based on your representation of Det. Mann," argued Dishon's attorney Melanie Foote Hollingsworth in court.
Despite the prosecution's objection, Judge Burress said he was going to err on the side of caution and remove himself from the case.
"I'm taking your word as an officer of the court that this defendant's defense rests upon the issues that were raised by Det. Mann with the court," said Burress.
The case will be assigned to a new judge and rescheduled.
Afterwards Dishon's lawyers did not shed much more light on their concerns.
"Basically, our concerns would be that the information the judge has knowledge about could be relevant in the current trial," said Hollingsworth.
Meantime, Dishon remains in jail on a $250-thousand bond. He is also facing a sexual abuse charge in a separate case.
One member of the Dishon family told WDRB that the family is torn and upset that Jessica's uncle has been charged with her murder. But she added, whoever did this "needs to fry."