NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man cleared more than a decade ago of murdering his teenage neighbor says his family is still being targeted.

David “Bucky” Brooks was charged in 2001 with the murder of 17-year-old Jessica Dishon.

A mistrial was eventually declared, and Brooks was cleared in 2003. Dishon’s uncle, Stanley Dishon later pleaded guilty to the killing.

In 2005, Brooks pulled several children from a burning trailer, leaving him with respiratory issues that kept him from working.

Now on oxygen, Brooks is living in a small place in rural Nelson County with his wife Irene and the couple’s five children.

“It’s been terrible. I wouldn’t want nobody to go through it,” Brooks said.

On Saturday, Brooks says someone came to his family's home and destroyed lawnmowers, cut cable wires and knocked over a satellite dish. He says two gaming systems donated to his children were also stolen, as well as a chainsaw and tires.

Brooks says the worst of the damage was done in the bedroom of his 6-year-old daughter, Ida, who has special needs.

“She’s got 5,000 children’s books. They damaged probably 1,000 of them. Tore pages out, threw them on the floor and walked on them,” Brooks said.

“Most her dolls … they just broke the heads off,” Irene Brooks said. “If it was my stuff, I wouldn’t care. But a special needs child, they’d do that to?”

Making matters worse, Bucky and Irene Brooks say their property was hit again on Monday. The apparent target this time was their daughter, Dorothy, on her 11th birthday.

“They slashed all my tires on both my bikes. They took the tires off and threw them in a fire,” Dorothy Brooks said.

“She’s scared going in her room to look at books, that the man might be still in there. She was just terrified,” Bucky Brooks said.

“If it’s something against us, take it out on us. But our children don’t deserve what’s been done to them,” Irene Brooks said.

Despite what he and his family have been through, Brooks says he remains hopeful someone out there will do the right thing.

“I just wish they’d bring the stuff back to the kids. At least tell them they’re sorry,” Brooks said.

In the past few years, the Brooks family has received help from the community in the form of gift cards, a vehicle, gaming systems and more.

"Donations come in, and we're appreciating everything we're getting," Brooks said. "Real good that somebody would care."

The family is now preparing to move to a mobile home in Bullitt County where they say they will feel safer.

A woman who did not want to be identified is helping the family with their move. She says they are in need of donations of an electric stove and linoleum that can be put in four rooms.

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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