DPS tackles issue of uncooperative witnesses

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Eron Bonner could soon walk out of the Marion County Jail a free man. This comes a little more than a year after police arrested the 18-year-old for gunning down a 16-year-old boy.

The shooting happened downtown during Fourth of July celebrations in 2013. Monquize Edwards would later die from the shooting. Police then started a search for Bonner, before making an arrest.

Late last week prosecutors dropped charges against Bonner because of “uncooperative witnesses.”

Prosecutors have not said if they will try to file charges again against Bonner. 24-Hour News 8 discovered the Department of Public Safety has an idea on how to empower residents to testify against suspects. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs believes mandatory sentencing for gun violence could encourage witnesses to cooperate.

“It’s disappointing to our police department that worked very hard in locating this person and tracking down leads only to have someone step back,” said Riggs.

In an interview Riggs stressed that the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office works hard to develop cases before trial. Marion County Prosecutor’s have dropped and refiled charges before against murder suspects.

Back in May, police arrested Avory Johnson for the murder of Max Levine at the Coke Lot in Speedway. Prosecutor’s dropped charges four days later because of problems with witnesses.

Detectives kept working the case and on August 20th charges were refiled against Johnson, who is now in custody at the Marion County Jail.

As for Bonner, he remains in the jail. He is currently facing gun enhancement charges, no word yet if prosecutor’s plan to drop those charges as well.

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