BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Jurors started deliberating Friday in the trial of two former Colorado sheriff deputies accused of inflicting the demise of an intoxicated man by putting him on his abdomen and squeezing him right into a van to take him to a detox heart.
Former Boulder County sheriff’s deputies James O’Brien, 52, and Adam Lunn, 39, are charged with manslaughter in the demise of Demetrius Shankling, 23, in 2018.
According to an arrest affidavit, they put the 6-foot (1.8-meter) tall man, along with his arms behind his again, in a compartment that was lower than 5 toes (1.5 meters) lengthy, the Longmont Times-Call reported.
O’Brien and Lunn needed to press on the compartment door to shut it, inflicting Shankling’s leg to get wedged towards the within of the door, the affidavit stated.
When they reached the detox heart the early hours of Sept. 9, 2018, Shankling was unresponsive and never respiratory.
He died after spending 27 days in a coma, Senior Deputy District Attorney Christian Gardner-Wood stated. An post-mortem discovered that Shankling died of suffocation as a result of of his positioning, with alcohol and amphetamine as contributing elements.
In closing arguments, the prosecution advised jurors that O’Brien and Lunn acted recklessly and disregarded their coaching on positional asphyxia. The males’s lawyer, Carrie Slinkard, argued that the previous deputies, who had been working an additional shift on the time, weren’t very acquainted with the van.
The sheriff’s workplace was in cost of taking individuals to detox that weekend as a result of college students had simply returned to the University of Colorado and metropolis and college police wished to maintain their officers on patrol as an alternative, she advised jurors throughout opening statements.
Slinkard replayed audio from when Shankling was discovered unconscious by the deputies.
“Based on the audio we heard, nobody would disagree that they had been involved. It was a tragedy, however a real accident,” she stated.
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