Murder Investigation

Nov 30, 2012 11:58 AM

Family Of Murder Victim Frustrated By Slow Court Process Against Suspects

The family of a Franklin County man found dead on I-64 in Frankfort in May said Friday they are frustrated at the slow process of prosecuting the three men charged in the death.

Charlie Monroe's body was found on I-64 near Frankfort on May 6. Police say Monroe was beaten and strangled, then his body was dumped on the side of I-64. Police say they think the murder was the result of something that happened during a drug deal. Three men were charged in the death - Joshua Hammond, James Simons and David Bruce. All three are charged with murder and robbery. Hammond is the son of Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond and Bruce, is the son of former Owen County Jailer David Bruce.

In court Friday, Hammond had the case against him continued, and Simons, who didn't appear in court, had a charge of being a persistent felony offender against him dropped.

Monroe's family said the process is taking its toll on them, but they are determined to remain strong. "We have to go through nightmare after nightmare," said William Monroe, Charlie's brother. "Wondering, you know what's going to be next? Wait for a letter in the mail, to see what the letter is going to say, what they're going to do."

There is no word on when any of the three men charged in the death will appear in court. No trial date has been set so far.

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