Trial set for former Kershaw Co. Sheriff Sergeant accused of beating inmate

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The trial for a former Kershaw County Sheriff's Sergeant, who is accused of beating an inmate with a steel police baton, is set.

Oddie Tribble will appear in court Thursday, January, 27th at 9:30am. Jury selection is slated a week earlier - on January 13th.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division indicated video from security cameras at the Kershaw County Detention Center showed Tribble beating Charles Shelley for two and a half minutes. There were a total of 27 hits to Shelley's legs that left his right leg broken and a gash in the other, which required stitches.

In a report filed within hours of the beating, Tribble wrote that Shelley threatened him and his family's lives on the ride to the jail. Tribble reported that Shelley pulled away from him twice inside the detention center before the Sergeant pulled out his baton, in an effort to get Shelley to comply with the officer's orders.

Tribble headed up the sheriff's security detail at the Kershaw County courthouse since joining the sheriff's office in August 2005. He was fired in August.

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