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Prosecutors will not seek death penalty in Stanley Dishon murder case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against the man accused of raping kidnapping and killing his niece.

Stanley Dishon is accused of killing his niece, Jessica, in 1999. Prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty against him during a hearing Thursday morning in Bullitt County.

Attorneys for Stanley Dishon say crime scene pictures, DNA test results, polygraphs, video and taped witness interviews and more have not been turned over in discovery from the Bullitt Commonwealth Attorney's office.

Prosecutors say they did not know some of the items even existed and don't know where to find them because the case is so old.

On Wednesday, WDRB's Chris Ott reported that the Bullitt Commonwealth's Attorney's office did not provide notice it would pursue "aggravated penalties," including execution, by a Jan. 24 deadline the parties had agreed to in October before special Judge Charles Simms III.

That's according to a motion filed Wednesday by Dishon attorneys Jennifer Wittmeyer and Melanie Foote Hollingsworth.

Prosecutors say Dishon killed 17-year-old Jessica Dishon in September of 1999 to cover up an alleged sexual relationship.

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