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Brothers acquitted in shooting of Louisville mail carrier, but drug charges another matter

February 23, 2022
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Two Louisville brothers who were initially charged then freed before getting charged again in connection with the 2016 assault of a United States Postal Service worker were largely acquitted by a jury Tuesday of shooting the letter carrier.

Eric Bennett, 43, had initially been charged with shooting mail carrier Da’Ron Lester while he was on his daily route about 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10, 2016, in the 800 block of Dearborn Avenue in the Chickasaw neighborhood.

Federal prosecutors alleged at the time that Eric Bennett shot Lester while a passenger in a car with his brother Marcus Bennett.

Prosecutors further alleged that illegal drugs were being delivered to Marcus Bennett, 44, who believed Lester had recently stolen one of those packages.

Lester was shot multiple times and survived. He was not charged in the dismissed criminal complaint.

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