Mixed emotions for both sides after Ajibade trial verdict

Mixed emotions for both sides after Ajibade trial verdict

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Both the defense and prosecution left disappointed Friday after the involuntary manslaughter trial for two former Chatham County Sheriff's Deputies ended.

Former deputies Maxine Evans and Jason Kenny were found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 21-year-old Mathew Ajibade.

Kenny was found guilty of cruelty to an inmate. Evans was found guilty of public record fraud and three counts of perjury for her false testimony regarding the restraint chair log.

Corizon Health Nurse Gregory Brown was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday after Judge James Bass, Jr. granted the motion for a directed verdict. Brown was also found not guilty of public record fraud but was found guilty of making a false statement.

After court let out, Greg Brown's attorney expressed frustration saying the case was overcharged and under investigated.

"Do your job, follow the evidence, and don't present false testimony to the grand jury. It is shocking to me that that happened in this case. It should never happen to a citizen where law enforcement goes before a grand jury and makes false statements. It's shameful," said Tom Withers, Brown's attorney.

But the district attorney says this was a long-fought battle that turned out the way it should.

"I respect the jury's verdict. Would I have to say I'm displeased? Yes, but at the end of the day, my displeasure is because I know how hard my prosecutors fought, but that's justice," said Chatham County District Attorney, Meg Heap.

But the attorney representing the Ajibade family feels otherwise. He says the investigation focused on the wrong people at the bottom.

"The result that was reached here today comes nowhere close to matching what happened to him. Everyone saw now that the video's come out, him being tortured to death in a restraint chair in our jail. Mathew is dead, and justice has not been done," said Will Claiborne, attorney representing Ajibade's family.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 6th.

Here is a look at the possible sentences for the charges they were found guilty on:

  • Abuse of an inmate can range from one to three years in prison.
  • Perjury can be anywhere from one year to a maximum of 10 years.
  • Public records fraud has a minimum of two years and up to ten years.
  • False statements charge can carry a sentence between one and five years.

The attorney for the Ajibade family plans to take this case to civil court.

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