Thursday, June 25, 2015

Three indicted for Matthew Ajibade death

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Three former employees of the Chatham County Sheriff's Dept. have been indicted in the death of 21-year-old Matthew Ajibade in the Chatham County Detention Center under unusual circumstances Jan. 1.

The two former sheriff’s deputies and a contract health-care worker at the Chatham County jail were indicted Wednesday on felony involuntary manslaughter and related charges. No murder charges are pending. 

A total of nine employees were terminated in the wake of the incident.

Ajibade was ruled to have died from excessive force from use of a Taser while he was restrained after a scuffle with deputies at the jail.

The health care worker was indicted for not monitoring him while in restraints. The deputies were also charged with falsifying reports to cover up the circumstances of Ajibade death. 

Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence, who has come under fire for his handling of the Detention Center, said in a statement:

"We are saddened by the loss of life in the Matthew Ajibade case and continue to work diligently with the District Attorney to ensure justice is served. As is our procedure in all in-custody deaths, CCSO requested GBI assistance in this investigation and cooperated fully in all aspects. We appreciate all of the work the Grand Jury and District Attorney on this case and are confident in the legal process."
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