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What is going on with the investigation of the man assaulted in Oxford in th alley behind the squeeze in? He was reportedly beaten, after being knocked unconscious with a crowbar and his body dumped in a cornfield and left for dead.
Less than 10 people were present, one an Oxford policeman, and surveillance cameras on premises can provide supporting evidence of who left and was absent in addition to the testimony of those present.

This is an outrage and a sad testimony to local law enforcement.
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The investigating officer, Dexter, reportedly says he doesn't have time to investigate, and the Sheriff says the family is causing problems for them.

A problem in my mind is an attempted murder with no follow up or proper investigation. I asked and found out the clothes weren't taken although allegedly containing handprints in mud. The scene of the crime wasn't even visited, and this is not the first time this has happened in this county.
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This situation is disgusting, especially since an off duty police officer is without a doubt witholding information to protect one of his "friends." This story needs media attention, such as TV18, Lafayette Journal & Courier, etc.

The Benton County Police Department needs to be gone through! There are still a few officers out there who are willing to investigate this case...

No this is not the first time this has happened in this county... Not to mention the "racial" factor of some of those involved.
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The problem is that "according to the on duty policeman sitting in the bar" there was no problems, and he identified all present, but said he couldn't recognize nor remember the man sitting next to Johnny, although he is well acquainted with that local fireman, as those identified him do know, and he recalled the conversation before he left the scene perfectly.

Next, after the owner assisted that fireman with an assault of Johnny Ford, who did not throw one punch back and then said "have you had enough?" he told him to go home. Johnny left. The owner says he saw him walking toward home,, but neither he or the fireman returned.

The story is he had to drive the fireman home as he was just too drunk.

Ok, so how did Johnny get his body dumped for dead in a field between that alley and that Bar? Obviously it is too hard for the local police to figure out.
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Sounds like you guys need a real police department! Must be a small town but that still doesn't mean someone isn't willing to take on the case. Family needs to notify someone outside of the county to do some investigating and prosecute those who did this.
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Total disgrace to those who serve to protect! Sounds like something they just want to "sweep under the rug."
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Scary that something like this happened in such a small town and that even business guy supposedly involved.
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Sad to say I live in thiis county and it's sad to say that the law enforcement doesn't investigate anything. From numerous break-ins to this happening. The law here has made it clear that the people who live here just don't matter. I don't even feel safe in my own home anymore which is why my whole family took a shooting class. I will protect my family because they sure aren't going to do it.
This situation is sad and should of been taken care of no matter who was involved. this kid did not deserve this and those who did it need to pay for their actions.
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I would like to know what problems the family has caused. It is my understanding that the family has been long in patience. When will something be done about this in Benton County? Hopefully not after someone has actually died.
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I am the mother of the victim, and I originally reported the crime 2 mos ago. I was warned from day one that the local police would pretend to investigate but do nothing, as that is how they opperated and they protected their own. I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt although when the next Benton Review paper came out and it wasn't reported, I called and asked if they had got the report from the police yet. She said No, asked me for the details and said her husband was a policeman and he was going to check on all. She called me back said it was being investigated, and others had been called in to help and she would get something in the paper. I called the police department the dispatcher said the investigating officer was on vacation and I couldn't talk to anyone as no one else was involved. Next issue of the paper- Nothing and still no return call from the police department. The third week I called the paper agin, she recognized me as soon as I identified myself and said they hadn't put anything in yet as there were no updates but there had been a breakthrough and it would be in the paper that week. It was- and noticeably the date was later then all the other reported police blotter incidents. I finally got a call back from a irritated investigating officer who said it was being investigated but he was alone and had to juggle all with his other work, and someone in my family had called the local TV news making it harder as now they had to answer to them.

I don't know what he was talking about still. And in the last month there has been no updates no calls, nothing.

I believe if it was one of their family members who was brutilized and left for dead this case would have been over the next day. It's not hard to figure out!

I haven't caused any problems up to now, but I am going to.
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It is interesting to note that the Sheriff has not talked to the victum or the family members he lives with. Also that the officer who took the information from the victum has only been back one time since then. Two months is more than enough time to have taken care of this.
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Yeah, especially considering the local police was sitting in the bar and ID'd all who were there which ammounted to 6 or 7, and there were surveilance cameras which would show whoever exited to the alley and did not return. It had to have taken more than a minute or two to knock out my son, beat him to a pulp and drive his body to a field and dump it there.

This could happen to anybody. You, your son, your daughter, it's a downright sin. Nobody deserves to be treated that way, or to have the police let it slide into a cold case as friends are involved. This is an election year people. Remember this when you vote.
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Concerned citizen wrote:
It is interesting to note that the Sheriff has not talked to the victum or the family members he lives with. Also that the officer who took the information from the victum has only been back one time since then. Two months is more than enough time to have taken care of this.
To be fair the Sheriff did call a family member, ONCE. But not one who was in our household or even one who had called him and asked him to call. So why he did so remains a mystery. In fact I left a message that day with my name and my phone number number saying I had updates on the case and questions and wanted to at least get a copy of the report and a case number. I left that message because the investigating officer never called us back nor gave us any updates despite leaving messages for a couple of weeks. The Sheriff called a sister of mine in another household instead and the only thing which was in anyway responsive to the messages left was that he had no problem with us getting a copy of the report. That's good because that is every U.S. Citizen's right,and a given when you file a complaint, but despite that my son still doesn't have those things, nor do I.
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Sounds like you guys need a real police department! Must be a small town but that still doesn't mean someone isn't willing to take on the case. Family needs to notify someone outside of the county to do some investigating and prosecute those who did this.
Oxford is a small town with only 2 policemen under the supervision of the Sheriff and Benton County, but it is my understanding this was reported to the county police, and they have more than enough information to investigate or make an arrest, if they were inclined to follow through on this... Like other botched and "under investigation" cases, they obviously aren't so inclined.
It's pathetic.
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I have a few things I would like to add to this complete nonsense. Do all of you have you're facts right before posting these comments? Because after reading these posts I have found multiple things that are not true. Why is the Sheriff's Dept. recieving all the blame here? Didn't this crime occur in the town of oxford? Wasn't there a Oxford marshall at the place of the crime, on that night? Why has the oxford town police not tried to assist the Sheriff's dept.? It is my understanding the Benton Co. Sheriff Dept. has 1 full time deputy on at a time per shift. they require the help of the town units but why in this case are they not receiving any? A case of this nature I would think would take time so the investigating officer can be very thorough in his investigation, also I don't believe the family needs to hear from the deputy on a day to day basis. Passing information out in an investigation of this size could do some serious damage I mean you're common sense should tell you that, right? The deputies of the Benton Co. sheriff dept work day and night serving and protecting this county, they cannot be in every place at one time like you all expect them to be.
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In response to hope the oxford town police ARE NOT under the supervision of the sheriff's dept. thee only officers that are, would be the sworn in deputies...Better be thought as a fool than open thy mouth and remove all doubt..
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I know it sounds like nonsense, and it is, but I do have my facts straight.

I originnally called the Town of Oxford Police and was told by the employee there that there was no policeman on duty and I would need to call the County. Which I did. Officer Dexter came to our house, left papers for my son to write his statement took some pictures and left. He returned the next day picked the statement up, said my sister had called him (regarding where my son's body was dumped) then asked Johnny if he could find the place again. My son driven by my brother took him to the fields, which were marked "No tresspassing" so Dexter left and we haven't seen him since. A couple of nights ago my son was stopped by the Otterbein police and told that they would love to be involved and that he needed to call Dexter back as the word was his statement was vague and he wasn't interested in pursuing the case. That is a lie, and we have called repeatedly even trying to give additional information which was revealed to us by participants and witnesses, and except for the call I related accusing us of calling TV 18 which we did not do, we have not had one call ever. The policeman who was present that night told me he wanted to help, but the county was handling it, he even volunteered to go check out the fields as the county has not done so.

We may not need to hear from the deputy on a day to day basis, but we do at least need a case number and to be able to report additional information or expect at least one update, right?
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all I have to say is this, you should have gotten the state police involved, its quite evident that the benton county sherriff's department already screwed up a murder investigation some years back.. the state police made that comment.. I would take it to the top and quit messing with this sad county!
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We are calling the State Police on Monday. I will let all know how that works out. Thanks.
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Concerned Citizen wrote:
I have a few things I would like to add to this complete nonsense. Do all of you have you're facts right before posting these comments? Because after reading these posts I have found multiple things that are not true. Why is the Sheriff's Dept. recieving all the blame here? Didn't this crime occur in the town of oxford? Wasn't there a Oxford marshall at the place of the crime, on that night? Why has the oxford town police not tried to assist the Sheriff's dept.? It is my understanding the Benton Co. Sheriff Dept. has 1 full time deputy on at a time per shift. they require the help of the town units but why in this case are they not receiving any? A case of this nature I would think would take time so the investigating officer can be very thorough in his investigation, also I don't believe the family needs to hear from the deputy on a day to day basis. Passing information out in an investigation of this size could do some serious damage I mean you're common sense should tell you that, right? The deputies of the Benton Co. sheriff dept work day and night serving and protecting this county, they cannot be in every place at one time like you all expect them to be.
This may sound like "complete nonsense" to you; however, if this was your family member it WOULDN'T be NONSENSE now would it?!!! Maybe you should know more of the facts before stating what the family in this case needed to do, such as call the Town of Oxford Police. They were NOT on duty that night, which is why the call went to the Benton County Sherrif Dept. In addition, there may have also been a "conflict of interest" because a cop was present in the bar that evening!

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