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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ind. Decisions - More on: Charges against Kristine Bunch reported dropped [Updated]

Updating this post from earlier today, WISHTV has posted this story, which includes the full statement released by Bunch's defense team.

[Updated Dec. 19] Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star has this long story today. From the beginning:

The Decatur County prosecutor on Tuesday dismissed a murder charge against Bunch, 38, of Greensburg.

But the legal ordeal that has consumed nearly half of her life is likely to continue.

The charge was dismissed “without prejudice,” which means it can be refiled. And the prosecutor’s motion makes that possibility clear, saying the state may present evidence “to a grand jury at a later date.”

“We have not surrendered,” said Doug Brown, Decatur County’s chief deputy prosecutor. “We are still evaluating what (evidence) is available with the intention to go forward. Dismissing the case gives us the time we feel is appropriate to fully investigate what we need going forward.”

The latest legal maneuvers leave a cloud over Bunch nearly 17 years after her son died in a fire she was accused of setting, her attorney Ron Safer said. He said Bunch is not speaking publicly about the case at this time.

“She is relieved,” Safer said of her reaction to the dismissal of the murder charge. “But she also has to live with the Sword of Damocles over her head. Hopefully, the prosecutor will rectify that in short order.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 18, 2012 07:00 PM
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