Donta Manuel, Jonathan Wallace update: Families of deputies meet with PBC State Attorney
1:13 PM, Jan 14, 2014
7:01 PM, Jan 14, 2014
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Jonathan Wallace's parents, Donta Manuel's wife and a few close friends arrived at the Palm Beach County State Attorney's office just after 9:30 Tuesday morning.
Nearly two hours later, the families walked out looking tearful but remaining hopeful.
"We asked them to still look at it with fresh eyes, call in officers that were on the scene get new statements, get fresh statements then give us an answer but not to string us along," said Reverend Patricia Wallace. "I don't want a sorry answer, i just want justice."
Deputies Donta Manuel and Jonathan Wallace, two Pahokee deputies, were struck and killed by another deputy going 111 mph while they were outside of their patrol cars trying to stop a car thief in November, 2007.
The two deputies had placed stop sticks in the road to stop the suspect.
A recent Contact 5 Investigation obtained the original draft reports submitted by the the sheriff's lead investigator. In those drafts, the investigator recommended criminal charges be filed against the corporal who struck the officers.
A Contact 5 investigation revealed that those recommendations never made it into the final report which was sent to the state attorney at the time for review.
On Tuesday, the families were told those recommendations were just opinions and without new evidence the case would be tough to reopen.
"Based on what they see there's no new evidence and if there's no new evidence there's no prosecution," said Wallace.
But Donta's widow, Suzette, felt more hopeful. It is the first time Mrs. Manuel spoke on camera since the tragedy.
"I'm feeling encouraged. I just feel like there's a glimmer of hope. I'm keeping faith alive because that's what has brought us this far and I don't think god brought us this far to leave us. So I'm feeling encouraged today," she said.