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David "Bucky" Brooks celebrates his innocence with church family

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After being charged with murdering a teenager, a Shepherdsville Church is now celebrating the innocence of one of its members.

Members of Family Day Ministries found their seats Sunday morning to celebrate their faith and the innocence of David “Bucky” Brooks. But for Brooks the news still hasn't fully sunk in.

“Just thinking about everything,” Brooks told WDRB News.

He's thinking about his name finally being cleared. Brooks was charged with murdering Jessica Dishon in 2001, but his case ended in a mistrial. On Thursday, Jessica's Uncle -- Stanley Dishon -- pleaded guilty to manslaughter in her death 15 years later.

During his darkest hours, Brooks says it felt like the whole world was against him.

“We went to other churches and they said no. Said we wasn't allowed there because of what I've done and who I was,” recalled Brooks.

That's where Family Day Ministries was different.

“Bucky just actually heard that everybody is welcome in our church and everybody is welcome,” said Pastor Mike Miller.

Brooks remembers the congregation was never hesitant.

“Nope, never have been. They've always been on our side 100 percent,” said Brooks.

“I felt confident in my heart that Bucky was innocent and I stood with him and I'm glad I did. The Bible says you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free,” said Miller.

It's a freedom he's been waiting 15 years for. While celebrating this fresh, new start, he and his wife thanked the people who have been by their side, especially Pastor Miller.

“We will never find a greater man than this man standing right here and we love him dearly and we thank each and every one of you all for standing with us,” said Irene Brooks.

After struggling to find work because of his tarnished reputation, Brooks will start a new job search on Monday. He has also been offered a free apartment until he and his wife get back on their feet.

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