Deputies Acquitted In Killing Of Inmate Matthew Ajibade – Huffington Post
ATLANTA, Oct 16 (Reuters) – A jury acquitted two deputies of killing a Nigerian college student in a Savannah, Georgia jail cell last New Year’s Day, but convicted them of lesser charges, a lawyer for the dead man’s family said on Friday.
Former deputies Jason Kenny and Maxine Evans were found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Matthew Ajibade, 21, who the coroner said died of blunt force trauma.
Ajibade was tasered many times while strapped in a restraint chair, the student’s family attorney, Mark O’Mara, said.
Former nurse Greg Brown was also charged with involuntary manslaughter but this week Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass Jr. ordered the charge to be dropped.
Kenny was found guilty of cruelty to an inmate while Evans was found guilty of public records fraud and three counts of perjury for her false grand jury testimony regarding the restraint chair log, said O’Mara.
Brown was found guilty of making a false statement, said O’Mara, who represented neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman during his 2013 trial in the death of a 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Florida.
No details of the sentences were immediately available.
“I am not surprised by the verdict,” said Ajibade’s cousin Chris Oladapo, who attended the trial and gave a statement through his family’s attorney.
“I knew that that same system that failed Matthew would not be the system that got him justice,” he said.
The coroner had ruled the case a homicide and video of the incident showed a restrained and screaming Ajibade in only his underclothes being tased in his groin area.