Two former officers facing manslaughter charges in the death of Mathew Ajibade, a Savannah, Ga., man, have been indicted on perjury charges for lying to a grand jury during proceedings in June, the Savannah Morning News reports.
Initially, former officers Jason Paul Kenny and Maxine Evans were indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges and went before a grand jury on June 24. During the proceeding, Kenny said he had tasered Ajibade before he was restrained. He actually tased the 22-year-old while he was being restrained, according to the Savannah Morning News. He faces one count of perjury for the statement.
Evans is facing three counts of perjury based on three statements made, including that "she recorded the checks in the restraint chair log as they happened,” according to court documents.
Ajibade, 22, died New Year's Day after police placed him in a restraining chair while he was having a manic episode. He had bipolar disorder and was at his girlfriend's house when the couple got into a fight. She called the police to take Ajidabe to the hospital.
Instead, police took him to the Chatham County Detention Center, where he was placed in a restraining chair after fighting them during his booking. Gregory Brown, a nurse, is also facing involuntary manslaughter charges in connection to his death.
The three individuals will begin trial in Chatham County on Oct. 5.
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