Friday, October 16, 2015

Ajibade death verdicts: Not guilty

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 5:12 PM

This afternoon the jury returned verdicts today in the death of Mathew Ajibade, found dead in an isolation cell while strapped in a restraint chair this past January in the Chatham County Detention Center.

Former deputies Maxine Evans and Jason Kenny have been found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Kenny was also found not guilty of aggravated assault or perjury, however the jury found him guilty of cruelty to an inmate.

Evans was found guilty of public record fraud and three counts of perjury for grand jury testimony about the use of the restraint chair.

Nurse Gregory Brown was found not guilty of public record fraud but was found guilty of making a false statement. Brown was acquitted of the involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday.

Ajibade's cousin, Chris Oladapo, released this statement:

"I am not surprised by the verdict. I knew that that same system that failed Mathew would not be the system that got him justice. I had already warned my family not to expect anything. We expected nothing, and we got nothing."

Local counsel Will Claiborne released this statement:

"Mathew is dead and justice has not been done. The District Attorney chose to focus on the bottom of the totem pole instead of investigating the top of the Sheriff's Department.

"When the family spoke out, we were gagged by the District Attorney. She has conducted this prosecution to limit civil and political liability, not to seek justice.

"Justice has not been served here today, so we will seek it through the civil courts."

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