Jessica Dishon Case Update: A Confession and a Plea

I wasn’t sure whether or not Stanley Dishon would go to trial for murdering his niece, Jessica, back in 1999. As you recall me previously mentioning, this all occurred in my hometown of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. A couple days ago, the prosecution and defense reached an agreement; in return for Stanley Dishon submitting an Alford plea to manslaughter, the trial will be altogether forfeited. What is an Alford plea, you ask? (Hey, look, my college classes are coming in handy.)

Basically, an Alford plea is an alternative to pleading guilty, not guilty, or no contest. An Alford plea is the acknowledgement that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict you beyond a reasonable doubt. You can maintain your innocence, but for all intents and purposes, it is essentially a guilty plea without the actual admittance of guilt. It is the same plea the West Memphis Three wore forced to take. By submitting an Alford plea, you may be able to avoid the harshest punishment. Alford pleas work in favor of the prosecution sometimes because it saves the state money, and in this case, it puts an old case to rest; the media doesn’t get to keep dragging the public and the family through the emotional ringer of a trial.

Stanley will be eligible for parole in 16 years.

As for his motive? Word is that he was molesting Jessica and had been doing it for years. Considering his previous convictions, this wouldn’t be too surprising. The story goes that Jessica was threatening to tell, and Stanley attacked her in her yard.

Fifteen years in the making, y’all. Time to close the book on this one and pray the family can find some peace. I can’t imagine what her parents have been through, but to find the murderer is a member of your own family? It’s sickening.

Sources:

  1. http://www.wdrb.com/story/27916344/stanley-dishon-expected-to-plead-guilty-in-1999-murder-of-jessica-dishon

Crime Historian: Jessica Dishon (Part 2 of 2)

Crime Historian: Jessica Dishon

Crime Historian: Jessica Dishon

If you missed part one of the story, you’ll want to start here.

I mentioned yesterday that Jessica’s uncle, Stanley, is her murderer. He was formally indicted on these charges (plus kidnapping) in October of 2013, fourteen years after Jessica was kidnapped and murdered. However, when this news was released, Stanley was already serving time in jail for charges of sexual molestation, rape, and sodomy dating all the way back to 1982. These are unrelated to the Dishon case. But you’ll find that to only be technically true, because it turns out the S.O.B. was molesting Jessica, too. He actually lived with her family until Jessica turned 13. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

In May of this year, the first new physical evidence in years was released. I swear, every time I think it can’t get any worse, it does.

In April of 2014, after receiving information from two inmates who had spent time with Stanley in prison, police decided to search the barn on the property where Jessica’s body was found. Police found a pillowcase and a fitted sheet. The fitted sheet matches the other sheet that is still on Jessica’s bed, though Jessica’s mom is not sure exactly when it went missing. (Jessica’s room is still in the exact state it was when she disappeared.) Police now believe Stanley Dishon held and tortured Jessica Dishon in that barn before Stanley killed her, as one prison informant claims Stanley bragged about doing.

It’s very likely we’ll find, after tests are conducted and released, that this sheet did come off of Jessica’s bed, and her DNA is all over it. There was also foam found in the barn, the same type of foam found on Jess’s body. You can view photos of the recently released evidence here.

Additionally, both inmates reported that Stanley admitted to each of them separately that he killed Jessica because she was about to tell her family how he had been molesting her. One of the inmates said Jessica had recently learned Stanley had been molesting his own daughter and stepdaughter, and she was tired of it and was going to tell. (Stanley Dishon pleaded guilty to these crimes in 2004). We now know that he has molested six other victims besides Jessica. The inmate also claimed that Stanley took one of Jessica’s shoes, chopped off her foot and kept it, and took a pair of Jessica’s underwear.

Investigators never did find her missing shoe or her foot.

If you’re not convinced Stanley killed his niece, I’ll leave you with this: Jessica’s dad, Mike, reported that shortly after Jessica disappeared, Stanley told him he had a premonition that Jessica was buried in the river bottoms. When the family went to search the area, about two miles away from where Jessica’s body was found, Stanley had to leave suddenly because he started feeling sick.

Well I’ll be damned.

Reporters interviewed Stanley’s former wife, who he was married to at the time of Jessica’s disappearance. She admitted she thought it was strange that no one ever interviewed Stanley because his sleeping patterns were erratic after Jessica disappeared and he acted very strangely at the time.

Jury selection for Stanley’s trial began in September.

Here are the questions/thoughts I am left with:

1) According to one report, the property was searched during the original investigation. So where the hell was the evidence in, say, 1999? When was the evidence placed in the barn? Or did they just miss it the first time? Has anyone considered they are lucky as hell to have found it? Stanley could have disposed of it at any time in the last fourteen years.

2) Can anyone confirm Stanley’s alibi for the day of the murder? He says he was working. No one? Nobody? Didn’t think so.

3) It would have been nice if Stanley’s wife had reported his odd behavior so the police could have looked into it. I guess it’d be hard to tell on your husband, but the bastard molested both of her daughters.

It is worth noting that as of July 2014, Mike Dishon, Jessica’s dad, still believed Bucky had something to do with the murder, but I imagine it’s hard believe that your own brother molested, raped, kidnapped, and killed your daughter. A state of denial is completely understandable.

I truly hope this is a speedy trial so that the Dishon family can have some peace and the community of Shepherdsville can put this horrible crime to rest.

You can say that the public has already convicted Stanley, just as we did Bucky, and maybe we have. I’d be surprised if the defense doesn’t file for a change of venue.

Sources:

  1. http://www.whas11.com/news/crimetracker/Police-investigate-new-claims-in-murder-case-of-Jesscia-Dishon-258955491.html
  2. http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Thousands-of-pages-released-in-Jessica-Dishon-case-266700771.html
  3. http://www.whas11.com/home/Court-documents-reveal-new-details-in-1999-Dishon-murder-case-258640741.html
  4. http://www.wdrb.com/story/24358023/stanely-dishon-strangled-his-niece-jessica-dishon-with-a-scarf-according-to-court-records
  5. http://www.wdrb.com/story/24409222/stanley-dishon-killed-niece-jessica-to-stop-her-from-revealing-sex-abuse-inmates-say