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Deputy takes stand to defend beating

Feb 1, 2011 2:33:00 PM - thestate.com
Former Kershaw County Sheriff's deputy Oddie Tribble spent nearly two hours on the witness stand in federal court Tuesday morning as he explained why he needed to use his metal police baton on a handcuffed detainee.

Charles Shelley, the inmate whose Aug. 5 beating was captured on security cameras installed at the Kershaw County Detention Center, was using foul language as he threatened Tribble and his family, Tribble said. Shelley made the threats during the nearly 10-minute ride to the detention center, he said.

And, Shelley refused to obey commands given to him by Tribble once they arrived at the jail, Tribble said.

"I had directed Mr. Shelley to come down off the van," Tribble said. "Once he jumped off the van he jumped in my face and said, 'What?' At which time, he jerked away and said get the (expletive omitted) up off of me."

That is when Tribble said he felt the need to use his baton.

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