Drowning Case Turned Over To Prosecutors

Police in Cocoa say the case file regarding the drowning death of a local man has been submitted to the State Attorney's Office, 18th Judicial Circuit, for further review.

Authorities say Jamel Dunn, 31, was recorded by a group of five teenagers July 9 as he walked into a local pond.

Police say when Dunn began calling for help, the teens only laughed at him and mocked him, even as he disappeared under the surface of the pond.

Dunn's body was not found until July 14 when it was noticed by a passerby.

Investigators say they learned about the video of Dunn's drowning after it was posted to social media.

While the teens apparently violated no laws by refusing to help Dunn, police say they may have committed a misdemeanor by not reporting the death.

The case has been turned over to prosecutors for determination if recommended charges will be filed against the five teens, who range in age from 14 to 18.


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