Jury out in Matthew Ajibade trial

22-year-old Matthew Ajibade died while in jail custody January 2

Jurors received their instructions Thursday morning and began deliberations over 10 outstanding counts against two former jail deputies and a nurse in the January death of Mathew Ajibade in the Chatham County Detention Center.

Former corporals Maxine Evans and Jason Kenny both face involuntary manslaughter and perjury charges; Kenny faces one count of aggravated assault and one count of cruelty to an inmate for his use of a taser on Ajibade as he was being placed into a restraint chair.

Evans also faces one count of public records fraud for allegedly falsifying a jail restraint chair log to show Ajibade was checked regularly in the camera-less cell where he was left for nearly two hours. Jailhouse surveillance cameras show he was not checked from 12:09 a.m. until Evans found him unresponsive at 1:36 a.m. On Jan. 2.

Medical examiners wee not able to determine a time of death because of the 87-minute gap. Georgia’s Chief medical examiner said Ajibade had been “stressed to death” after his arrest and two physical altercations with officers; a heart condition, spit mask, the restraint chair and tasings may have also contributed to his death.

Nurse Brown was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday by a directed verdict from Judge James F. Bass after investigators were forced to admit he had been indicted under the wrong policy.

Brown still faces one count of public records fraud and one count of making a false statement to investigators.

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