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Tribble trial starts Thursday

Posted: January 25, 2011 4:14 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A former Kershaw County deputy will have his day in court starting Thursday. Opening arguments are expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Courthouse in Columbia.

U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie will preside over what is estimated to be a two- to four-day trial to determine if former Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Oddie Tribble Jr. violated a Camden’s man civil rights.

Tribble was caught by a Kershaw County Detention Center surveillance camera striking Charles Shelley on his legs 27 times with an asp. In an incident report, Tribble claimed Shelley -- who he was transporting from a license checkpoint -- threatened him and his family.

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

Tribble was fired by former Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill the next day. He was indicted in early November by a federal grand jury on one count of violating Shelley’s civil rights “arising from the use of excessive force in striking” the prisoner.

A second deputy seen on the video recording was also fired. The recording showed that deputy appeared to do nothing to prevent Tribble’s actions and to push Shelley back toward Tribble on two occasions.

The second deputy has not been indicted.

Tribble could face up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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