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Federal trial set for former deputy

Posted: December 10, 2010 3:56 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2010 5:00 a.m.

A federal trial for former Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy Odie Tribble, charged with violating an arrested man’s civil rights by beating him, will be held Jan. 27 in Columbia.

Jury selection will be made two weeks prior to the trial, Jan. 13, according to Tribble’s attorney, Zack Atkinson. The timeline was set during a hearing in federal court Friday morning.

“We’re anxious to get in the courtroom and tell our side of the story,” said Atkinson, “to let people know that there’s a lot to consider in this case.”

Atkinson said the trial is expected to last roughly four days.

Tribble, 51, pled not guilty last month to charges that he struck Charles Shelley 27 times with an asp in the Kershaw County Detention Center’s sally port in early August. Shelley suffered a fractured leg as a result of the beating, which was caught on videotape. Tribble was fired by Sheriff Steve McCaskill the next day.

Shelley had been stopped at a KCSO driver’s license checkpoint and charged with several traffic and drug violations. Tribble has claimed Shelley threatened him and his family while during the drive from the checkpoint to the detention center.

A second deputy fired in connection with the beating has not been indicted.

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