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Tribble indicted in jail beating case

Posted: November 4, 2010 5:09 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2010 5:00 a.m.

A former Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy caught on tape beating an arrested man has been indicted by a federal grand jury with violating the victim’s civil rights.

In a statement released Tuesday, the South Carolina U.S. Attorney’s office said Oddie Tribble Jr., 51, was charged in a one-count indictment “arising from the use of excessive force in striking” Charles Shelley, of Camden, 27 times with an asp on Aug. 5. Shelley, who was handcuffed at the time, suffered a fractured leg.

The press release did not state when the grand jury returned the indictment.

Shelley had been arrested at a KCSO checkpoint on traffic and drug charges and was transported, along with several other people arrested at the checkpoint, in a van by Tribble. Tribble claimed in a KCSO incident report that Shelley had threatened him and his family. On the videotape, Tribble begins striking Shelley’s legs with his asp almost immediately Shelley exits the van in the jail’s sally port.

Tribble was fired the next day by Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill. A week later, McCaskill also fired Deputy Jimmy Simmons in connection with the same beating. A videotaped account of the beating, provided by the Kershaw County Detention Center, showed that Simmons did not act to prevent Tribble’s actions and appears to push Shelley back toward Tribble on two occasions.

Simmons has not been indicted.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Tribble could face up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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