Why wasn’t suspect who killed Howard County deputy in jail before shooting?


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FRANKFORT, Ind. (March 22, 2016) -- Details in the investigation into the man accused of killing deputy Carl Koontz continue to be released.  The 25-year-old suspect had a history of drug use spanning multiple counties over the last 8 years.

The case though really started on First Street in Frankfort. That’s where state troopers pulled over Evan Dorsey during a traffic stop in 2014.

Dorsey had been driving with his high beams on and couldn’t find his registration after being pulled over.

Troopers then searched Dorsey and found heroin hidden inside a bottle of prescription pills, along with a syringe in his sock hat.

Two years later, following multiple probation violations, Dorsey killed deputy Koontz.

One local attorney says that doesn’t mean the legal system failed.

“To say the actions of this individual reflects on the entire legal community, I think is unfair,” said attorney Chris Eskew.  “Everything worked theoretically, unfortunately the actions of this individual were extremely unpredictable.”

In 2008, Dorsey faced criminal charges in Montgomery County.

That was followed by drug charges in Morgan County, Marion County and eventually Clinton County.

According to the petition filed in January of this year to revoke Dorsey’s Clinton county probation, Dorsey failed to report to his probation officer in March and April of 2015.

He also failed to show up for drug screenings on three occasions.

Yet, in December of 2015, Dorsey was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement  in Howard County.

Only after that Howard County case did prosecutors in Clinton County file a petition to revoke Dorsey's probation.

A judge did allow Dorsey to legally post bond.

“It’s easy to say we should keep everyone in jail, but it’s unrealistic and it’s also unfair in my mind,” said Eskew.

Attorney Eskew says holding suspects accused of minor drug offenses without bond is just not practical, but added that the case does illustrate the problem the legal system has handling suspects with drug addictions.

"Ideally he would have been rehabilitated, but instead obviously he picked up multiple cases,” said Eskew.  “This man was given opportunity for treatment he needed and didn’t do it.  A lot of people aren’t ready for treatment yet,” said Eskew.

A preliminary autopsy revealed Dorsey died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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