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Bucky Brooks says even after name is cleared, he is facing tough times

Bucky Brooks says even after name is cleared, he is facing tough times

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man cleared of Jessica Dishon's murder says he's still having a hard time financially.

Nicole Brooks, Bucky Brooks' daughter says, "It's been really hard, you know?" said Nicole Brooks, daughter of Bucky Brooks. "But I've got family and stuff, and yeah, we were kind of picked on during the holidays."

It's still emotional for the family of Bucky Brooks. Nicole Brooks just got a job at Dairy Queen to help her family make ends meet.

"Just helping them out with bills and buying food and stuff for them and helping out with Christmas presents," she said.

Bucky Brooks was wrongly accused of murdering 17-year-old Jessica Dishon in 2001 and his case ended in a mistrial. In January, Stanley Dishon, Jessica's uncle pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the case.

Five-year-old Ida Brook says she just wants a baby doll for Christmas. The family is hoping they can get donations to make it a Merry Christmas. A local car dealership donated an SUV so the family could have reliable transportation.

"I'm still back to square one looking for a job, and it's hard and everybody says no," Bucky Brooks said. 

In March, he had a truck driving job, but says he had to quit after taking so much medical leave. He's still dealing with respiratory issues from the 2005 fatal fire at which he pulled two children out of a burning trailer. 

His daughter, Ida, has a health issue too. She's had a heart attack, three open heart surgeries and had eight teeth pulled because her heart medication decayed her teeth.

Bucky Brook says the family needs, "Just about everything: gas cards to take the kids and wife to the doctor because Irene has got blood clots in her legs."

A woman who doesn't want to be identified is looking for more donations to help the family.

"I believe we owe them help," she said. "My goal would be to get them in an [more] environmentally healthy home than they are in now."

Right now, the family is using wood to keep the house warm. They have to find a new place to rent within 90 days with central air and heat..

While Bucky Brooks says his name was cleared, he hopes to file a lawsuit for his time in jail.

Irene Brooks says, "The only thing I want for Christmas is for my kids to have their dreams come true, to watch their little faces light up."

To help the family, you can mail donations to:

David Brooks
c/o Donations Clerk
PO Box 355
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

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