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Cox Joins Purdy In Requesting Dismissal Of Lake Monroe Case

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Court gavel (WFIU/WTIU News File)

Both white men charged in last year’s Fourth of July incident at Lake Monroe have requested that the cases brought against them are dismissed.  

A motion filed in Monroe Circuit Court Monday morning asks for the case against Jerry Cox II to be dropped, similar to the motion filed by attorneys for Sean Purdy on Aug. 6. 

Last summer, former Bloomington resident Vauhxx Booker, who is Black, said on Facebook a group of white men jumped him near Lake Monroe and threatened to lynch him. The ensuing Department of Natural Resources investigation led to charges against Purdy and Cox. 

Purdy was charged with felony criminal confinement, battery and intimidation. Cox received felony charges of aiding criminal confinement and battery, along with misdemeanor charges of intimidation and battery.  

Much like the Purdy motion filed in early August, the document filed Monday says Cox participated in a restorative justice process with Purdy and Booker, and did so with the understanding that the charges against Cox would be dropped upon completion of the process.  

“It was also communicated that the case would be dismissed in the event that the process was not completed but [Cox] had participated in good faith and the failure to reach a conclusion was not the fault of [Cox],” the motion reads.  

At the end of July, Booker pulled out of the restorative justice process, leading to charges being filed against Booker. He said during a news conference at the Monroe County courthouse that he could not agree to having the charges against Purdy and Cox dropped, in addition to having to sign a non-disclosure agreement and publicly forgive his alleged attackers. 

READ MORE: Vauhxx Booker: “I Am Not Going To Back Down”

There is a hearing on Purdy’s motion to dismiss scheduled for this Friday, Aug. 20, in Johnson County.  

Cox has a pretrial conference scheduled for the same day at the same location. 

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