Special prosecutor sought in alleged attack on Black man


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A special prosecutor is being sought to handle the cases of two white men charged in an alleged assault on a Black man who says he was attacked at southern Indiana lake and that someone threatened to “get a noose.”

Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant requested a special prosecutor Wednesday in response to a motion filed by an attorney for one of the charged men, Sean M. Purdy of Pittsboro, Indiana.

The Herald-Times reports that Oliphant will also step aside in the criminal case against Jerry E. Cox Jr. of Danville, Indiana, who she also charged in the alleged July 4 attack on Vauhxx Booker.

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(This story was originally published on July 30, 2020)


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