Former Cleveland Assistant County Prosecutor Aaron Brockler was recently terminated from his position after posing as an accused murder’s girlfriend on Facebook in order to convince two witnesses to change their stories.
Brockler, 35, was working on the murder case of Damon Dunn, 29, who is facing trial for allegedly shooting another man. Dunn had two female witnesses whose original testimony claimed Dunn was on the other side of town with them when the shooting occurred. In an attempt to shoot down the defense, Brockler took to Facebook.
Brockler posed as a fake girlfriend and mother of Dunn’s baby on Facebook and initiated chat conversations with both witnesses in an attempt to get them to change their story. The next day, Brockler spoke to both women in person without divulging he had been behind the fake profile online, and both women changed their stories claiming they no longer wanted to lie for Dunn.
Brockler then spoke with the defense lawyer, Myron Watson, to let him know about the chat conversations and that his client no longer had an alibi. Brockler had no intention of keeping the conversations a secret.
When Brockler later left the case for surgical leave, the attorney covering his cases during his absence reported the Facebook chat conversations to County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. After following disciplinary procedure, Brockler was terminated from his position. Brockler however, still alleges he did nothing wrong.
Additionally, both women are still listed as alibi witnesses for the Dunn defense.
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