WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Closed to the public and the media, two juveniles went inside the Whitley County courthouse, weeks after the death of DeWayne Bunch. The two were charged after Bunch was hurt breaking up a fight between the two.
“He was a man of integrity. And he went into that situation to make a difference and to protect them. Instead, he lost his life. That seems to be of no value,” said Regina Bunch, who sat inside the courtroom as the teenagers saw their charges increased, because Bunch says her husband’s death certificate includes the word “homicide” under cause of death.
Yet she says she was told that the two won’t face any additional time in a juvenile holding facility.
“I’m upset. It’s not that I wanted these boys to spend life in prison. But I think they deserved a lot more than what they received,” said Bunch, who was elected to fulfill her husband’s term after he resigned his seat in Frankfort following his injuries in April 2011.
She’s currently set to fill a full term after she won her primary in May and won’t face competition in the Nov. race.
She believes the two charged in the case are not being punished enough.
27 NEWSFIRST spoke briefly with Dewey Canada, father of one of the boys, before the proceeding. He said he couldn’t talk about his son’s case, but he had said in an earlier interview that his son meant no harm to DeWayne Bunch the day Bunch was hurt.
In that interview, Canada said that his son was simply trying to defend himself when police say Bunch tried to break up the fight that his son was involved in.
“He loved Mr. Bunch. And he didn’t want him bleeding. He didn’t want him hurt,” Canada told WKYT’s Phil Pendleton during the April 15, 2011 interview.
Attorneys would not comment on the proceeding…and the prosecutor’s office said they could not talk about juvenile cases. Bunch says she’s been kept in the dark about much of the case as well.
“They did not inform me of these proceedings, this time nor of the ruling of the 3rd degree assault, had no idea,” said Bunch.
She says she understands the need for some secrecy in juvenile affairs, but she says the public needs to know that in her case, justice wasn’t served.
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