“System has worked for 20-years”
In response to the Juneau County Star Times Saturday, February 16th, Edition regarding defendant, Ronnie Watson, and a drug investigation by the City of Mauston, Police Chief Mark Messer commented, “it is our common practice to make one copy of an interview and include it with the investigative file that is sent to the D.A.’s office. If there are co-defendants charged in the same incident, the District Attorney’s office makes copies.” Watson and 26-year old Antwaun Gray of Waukesha had been arrested in October 2012 at a motel on the City’s east side for selling crack cocaine. In the recorded interview, Gray tells police that the drugs, gun, and car used in the crime were all his, and that he had merely asked Watson to drive him because he did not have a valid driver’s license. He had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was discovered last week that the CD was missing from Watson’s file. Newly elected Juneau County District Attorney Mike Solovey said, “I don’t know what happened to the CD. It could have been misfiled, or it could have been removed from the file, or maybe only one name was on the original CD when it was delivered to the D.A’s office. But for twenty years the system has worked flawlessly.” Juneau County Judge Paul Curran dismissed the drug charges. The court found Watson guilty of obstructing and freed him after already serving 133-days in the county jail.
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