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Tribble pleads not guilty in federal court

Posted: November 16, 2010 5:41 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Oddie Tribble will have his day in court.

The 51-year-old former Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy pleaded not guilty to charges that he struck an arrested man 27 times with an asp in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) sally port Aug. 5.

Camden attorney Zack Atkinson, who is representing Tribble with Columbia attorney Greg Harris, said his client was released from federal custody Tuesday afternoon on a $50,000 unsecured bond following that morning’s arraignment. Atkinson said an unsecured bond is similar to a personal recognizance bond on the circuit court level where a defendant does not have to put up any cash to post the bond.

He said a trial date has not been set.

“It looks like sometime in either January or February,” said Atkinson.

The former deputy faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if found guilty of beating Charles Shelley after transporting the 38-year-old from a KCSO license checkpoint. Shelley was stopped at the checkpoint and arrested on traffic and drug violations.

In a KCSO incident report, Tribble claimed Shelley threatened him and his family during the short trip to the county jail. He is seen on a KCDC videotape striking Shelley’s legs with his asp almost immediately as Shelley exits a transport van in the jail’s sally port.

Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill fired Tribble the next day. A week later, McCaskill fired a second deputy, Jimmy Simmons. The KCDC recording of the beating showed that Simmons appeared not to act to prevent Tribble’s actions, and pushed Shelley back toward Tribble on two occasions.

Simmons has not yet been indicted.

Shelley, who was handcuffed during the beating, suffered a fractured leg.

According to documents filed in federal court in conjunction with Tuesday’s arraignment and plea, Tribble must conform to the following conditions while awaiting trial:

• Must not violate any federal, state or local laws.

• Must cooperate with collection of any DNA samples, if authorized to be collected.

• Must inform the court of any change in address or telephone number.

Tribble must also appear in court as required and surrender to serve any sentence imposed. In addition, Tribble must report to pretrial services, as directed. His travel has been restricted to within the state of South Carolina, unless he gains permission from the court through pretrial services. Tribble may also not possess a firearm, destructive device or other dangerous weapons; refrain for the use or unlawful possession of a narcotic drug or controlled substances unless prescribed by a doctor; and submit to any testing required by pretrial services to determine if he has used prohibited substances.

Violating the conditions of his pretrial release could mean Tribble would face additional penalties.

Tribble was also required to surrender his passport in order to keep him from traveling outside the United States.

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