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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new, special judge has been assigned to hear the case of a Bullitt County teenager found murdered in 1999.
The chief judge for the judicial region that includes Bullitt County has appointed circuit judge Charles Simms III to preside over the case involving Stanley Dishon.
A grand jury indicted Dishon, 59, earlier this month on murder and other charges. Dishon is accused of killing his niece, Jessica Dishon, 17. She was reported missing from the family's home in September 1999. Police found her body in a wooded area 17 days later.
Simms is the chief circuit judge for Hart, LaRue and Nelson Counties.
A second judge had recused herself, because her husband defended David "Bucky" Brooks in a previous trial.
Brooks had been accused of murdering Jessica Dishon and spent two-and-a-half years in jail, before the charges were eventually dropped.
The first judge recused himself in the case on the day Stanley Dishon was expected to plead not guilty to the charges.
Dishon's arraignment in front of Simms is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.