A former Kershaw County Sheriff's deputy accused of violating an inmate's civil rights pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Columbia.
Oddie Tribble Jr., 51, of Columbia faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for using excessive force against a suspect, who was beaten while handcuffed at the Kershaw County Detention Center. After Tuesday's arraignment, Tribble was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond, meaning he was not required to put down money or property to remain free. Tribble and his attorneys declined to comment about the case.
During the hearing, Greg Harris, who was acting as Tribble's defense attorney, said he had not reached a final agreement to represent Tribble. That prompted Judge Joseph McCrorey to urge Tribble to pick an attorney as soon as possible.
"I understand you have some knowledge of the criminal justice process in state court," McCrorey said. "Things move much more quickly here than in state court. You need an attorney to protect your rights."
The Aug. 5 beating was captured on two video cameras installed in a car port where deputies drop off suspects to be booked at the Kershaw County jail. In the footage, Tribble is seen hitting suspect Charles Shelley at least 25 times with his police baton. The video shows Shelley trying to avoid the blows and eventually falling while the strikes continued. Shelley received a broken leg and multiple cuts and bruises.
Tribble and a second deputy who witnessed the beating were fired. The unnamed second deputy has not been charged.