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Ohio Sheriff Testifies He Didn't Lie About Death

Associated Press

November 19, 2010

TOLEDO, Ohio — An urban sheriff in Ohio has “absolutely” denied charges he covered up the 2004 death of an inmate at the county jail.

Lucas County Sheriff James Telb took the witness stand Thursday at his federal trial in Toledo. He said he did not lie about what he knew, he just didn’t recall.

A federal prosecutor reminded Telb that several of his employees testified they witnessed excessive force being used on the inmate and that he was made aware of what they saw. The Blade reports Telb replied he could not recall the testimony.

The government says a deputy choked the inmate with his forearm, and the man went limp. Prosecutors also say another deputy hit the inmate.

The sheriff and three current or former employees have pleaded not guilty.

Information from: The Blade,

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