Jonathan Wallace and Donta Manuel: Families of fallen deputies take to social media for support
Flyer: "E-mail Campaign for Justice"
6:49 PM, Jan 17, 2014
12:03 AM, Jan 18, 2014
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The flyer is circulating online, via email and social media. It features pictures of fallen Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies, Jonathan Wallace and Donta Manuel, and their grieving family members.
The flyer is part of what's being called an "Email campaign for justice."
Reverend Patricia Wallace, Deputy Jonathan's Wallace's mother and Suzette Manuel, Donta Manuel's widow, are asking for the public's support to get State Attorney Dave Aronberg to reopen the investigation into the deaths of their loved ones.
The two Pahokee based sheriff's deputies were killed by a fellow deputy during an attempt to stop a car thief near Pahokee 6 years ago.
The families want the case reopened after a recent Contact 5 investigation revealed how the Sheriff's own lead investigator originally recommended criminal charges be filed against K-9 Corporal, Greg Fernandez. He was traveling at 111 mph when he struck the deputies the night of November 28, 2007.
For reasons still unknown to NewsChannel 5, those recommendations were removed from the Sheriff's final report which was sent to then-State Attorney Barry Krischer for review. The Sheriff's office has not answered our repeated requests for information and interviews.
On Friday, the Contact 5 Investigators asked State Attorney Aronberg if law enforcement recommendations carry weight in deciding whether to prosecute.
"Remember we're focused on the facts not the recommendations. If there's new evidence and facts that's what we would be interested in," Aronberg said.
According to a spokesperson for the State Attorney's office, the office has already received between 30-40 emails of support.
Earlier this week State Attorney Aronberg met with the Wallace and Manuel families after they requested a meeting with him. He is expected to get back to them with a final decision on whether he will reopen the case by the end of next week.