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Published On: Thu, Jun 25th, 2015

Mathew Ajibade death: Jury charges Jason Kenny, Maxine Evans, Gregory Brown

Two Georgia sheriff’s deputies and a health care worker have been indicted for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a mentally ill man who was allegedly Tasered Mathew Ajibade while in restraints and then left alone.

The grand jury found that Cpl. Jason Kenny, 31, used “excessive force” against Ajibade and caused his death “by tasing him while he was restrained.” The jurors found that Cpl. Maxine Evans, 56, failed to monitor Ajibade while he was restraints and then lied about it.

Mathew Ajibade

Mathew Ajibade

Gregory Brown, 45, a health care worker at the county jail, failed to monitor the prisoner and lied to an investigator about it, the grand jury said.

The Chatham County grand jury in Savannah declined to charge the officer accused of using the stun gun with felony murder, but it did indict him on charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to an inmate.

“It was too quick, and it’s not enough,” said Mark O’Mara, who is representing the family of Ajibade. “We’re very frustrated only three people were charged or indicted.”

“It took way too long to get to a grand jury, and she did not give it enough time to get it right,” O’Mara said, adding that the family believes more officers should have been indicted.

“They are disappointed that nine out of 12 people involved in their son or cousin or brother’s death have gotten away without any criminal liability,” he added.

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