Robert Duston Strong and David Michael Knick, Presumed Killers of Sheriff's Sgt. Ira Essoe Jr., Must Be Freed
Compelling legal twists led to Robison's ruling for Robert Duston Strong and David Michael Knick, the strongest being the lack of judicial support the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) received from the state's court of appeals and Supreme Court when it came to trying the presumed killers of Ira Essoe Jr.
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Shortly after Essoe died on Feb. 4, 2010, he was remembered as a fallen hero at a moving memorial service that included retired Sheriff Brad Gates delivering a eulogy.
The OCDA also didn't forget Essoe. Arguing that the cop had finally succumbed to his injuries from the shooting, prosecutors filed murder charges against Knick, now 54, and Strong, 55.
The state Supreme Court declined to review the case, and prosecutors announced Thursday they cannot proceed.
- David Michael Knick and Robert Duston Strong Can't Be Tried for Murder of Sheriff's Fallen Hero Ira Gabor Essoe, Jr.: Appeals Court