The jury deciding the fate of a former Kershaw County sheriff’s deputy accused of a federal civil rights violation went home Wednesday night without reaching a verdict.
Jurors began their deliberations at 10:30 a.m., took an hour lunch break and then continued their work. U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie sent them home at 5:30 p.m. and told them to return at 9:30 this morning.
The jury must decide whether Oddie Tribble used excessive force when he beat Charles Shelley, a handcuffed detainee, 27 times with a metal police baton. The blows broke Shelley’s right leg and bloodied and bruised both legs. The Aug. 5 beating was captured on video cameras installed in a secure carport at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department.
Tribble’s attorneys have argued that he needed to use the baton to gain control of Shelley, who was intoxicated and belligerent and had refused to obey orders.
Surveillance video from the Kershaw County Detention Center