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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Rumors that Jessica Dishon's uncle was a suspect in her murder surprised her father. The chatter came as a renewed sheriff's investigation was well underway last summer.
The father of teenage murder victim Jessica Dishon tells police he did not consider his brother Stanley a serious suspect in the case until just before his indictment last year.
That's what Mike Dishon says in a Bullitt County sheriff's interview recorded last August.
Two months later, a grand jury indicted Mike's brother and Jessica's uncle, Stanley Dishon -- for her kidnapping and murder.
Mike Dishon says other relatives had talked of rumors of Stanley's alleged involvement, and it upset him.
However, a detective working the case had not yet brought up Stanley with him.
"I said she had not mentioned nothing about Stanley." Mike Dishon said in a sheriff's department interview. I said, 'But I'm going to tell you right now if Stanley's involved in this, I will see him get the death penalty.'"
Prosecutors have since decided "against" the death penalty for Stanley Dishon, who has pleaded not guilty in the case.
A school bus driver found Jessica Dishon's body in a rural area in September 1999.
In the interview, Mike Dishon describes two times when Stanley Dishon became physically ill -- once when a family search came close to where Jessica's body was eventually found -- and later when the sheriff informed Mike and Jessica's mother, Edna, of her death.
"I was wondering (why) that he got sick and why Edna didn't. It was our kid. If anybody got sick, it should've been me or her, you know what I'm saying?" Mike Dishon said in the same interview.
Court records say investigators believe Stanley Dishon strangled his niece with a scarf to cover up a sexual relationship.