Published On: Wed, Oct 14th, 2015

Jury asked to convict jailers in Ajibade case

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ajibadeSAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A 21-year-old Savannah man in handcuffs and leg chains screamed “I’m going to die” as a sheriff’s deputy shocked him four times with a Taser in a jail cell, and a supervisor later ignored the injured detainee’s cries as he was left alone to die, a prosecutor said Wednesday as she asked a jury for criminal convictions against both jailers. Mathew Ajibade died strapped to a restraint chair at the Chatham County jail a few hours after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge Jan. 1. Two deputies who were fired afterward — Jason Kenny and Maxine Evans — were charged with involuntary manslaughter and have been on trial since Oct. 6. Jurors heard closing arguments in the case Wednesday. Prosecutors argued Kenny’s use of excessive force against a “defenseless” Ajibade and Evans’ failure to check his condition every 15 minutes as required at the Chatham County jail were reckless actions that played key roles in his death.

Source: Jury asked to convict Georgia jailers in death of detainee

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