CREATED Jul. 3, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Looking over case files and making notes are normal tasks for attorney Robert Harris.
But today is not a normal day.
"It's the dawn of a new day," Harris said.
That's because his client, Henry Brunson, is a free man.
In February, 16-year-old Kanasha Issac was shot and killed at the Fort Myers Ale House restaurant.
One witness told police Brunson was the trigger man, setting into motion what Harris calls a botched investigation.
"How many different ways can a police officer mess one case up? Let me count the ways," Harris said.
Harris' list begins with the witnesses. A memo from the State's Attorney's Office shows all four witnesses lied to police, and that the one eye witness who accused Brunson later identified another man she called "Baby J" as the shooter.
"Before they arrested Henry Brunson you would think they would have looked into Baby J and questioned him, questioned his associates about his whereabouts, maybe looked at him more closely, put him in a line up," Harris said. "They didn't do any of those things."
As for the witness, Harris said he is thinking of filing charges against her.
"There is evidence that she lied and I would like the police to look into it further," Harris said
The State Attorney also said police continued to question Brunson after he asked for an attorney, and that the detectives threw away the gun residue test they did on Brunson the night of the shooting.
"He threw evidence, scientific evidence, that we could have used to prove Henry Brunson's innocence, into the trash can like yesterdays newspaper," Harris said.
You might be wondering what the Fort Myers Police Chief has to say about all of this. To be fair, Fox 4 called the department several times throughout the day to get their side of the story. But no one returned our messages.
Harris said the department has about a month to re-file charges against Brunson if they want to.
But Brunson is moving on.
"Henry says he wants to get a job and rebuild his life," Harris said.