clearn.png
Wednesday May 5th, 2021 11:32PM

Sheriff charges deputy, fires 2 more in Georgia jail death

By The Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff said Thursday he arrested one of his deputies on charges of falsifying records and fired two others in connection with the death of a jail inmate.

Lee Michael Creely, 34, was declared dead after deputies found him unresponsive Sunday at the Chatham County jail in Savannah. Sheriff John Wilcher said he doesn't know how Creely died, but an internal investigation found three deputies weren't making their required rounds to check on inmates every 30 minutes.

The sheriff said investigators also found one of the deputies, Terence Jamal Jackson, made false entries in log books 10 times over a three-day period to make it appear he had completed his rounds when video from jail security cameras showed he had stayed at his desk.

“I’m not going to tolerate it,” Wilcher told a news conference. “We’ve got a job to do here and these people need to be treated humanely.”

Jackson was charged with a felony count of falsifying records. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney to represent him.

An attorney for Creely's family, Will Claiborne, called the firings and criminal charges “a step in the right direction.” But he also called on the sheriff and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to release all information they've obtained about Creely's death.

“The family has no idea how or why Mr. Creely died," Claiborne said in a statement. “Being kept in the dark has only served to deepen their hurt and anguish.”

Jail records show Creely, who was white, had been in jail since Sept. 3 for a probation violation. His record included arrests for drug offenses in 2018 and 2019.

Wilcher told reporters he's asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate Creely's death. He said an autopsy was conducted Wednesday, but results had not been released.

“As far as how the inmate died and what he died of, we don’t have a clue until the GBI and the coroner get their investigation done,” Wilcher said.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online - Georgia News, AP Online Headlines - Georgia News
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Return of football renews fears over more virus spread
A football-starved nation is getting its games back with the start of the NFL season, but many worry that attending games or get-togethers will lead to a new surge in coronavirus infections
3:45PM ( 6 minutes ago )
SC's Graham says he orchestrated Trump-Woodward interviews
Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump’s top congressional allies, is denouncing an implication floated by a Fox News personality that he intended to sabotage the president by setting up a series of revelatory interviews with journalist Bob Woodward
3:36PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Dem report: Medicare chief used fed money to bolster image
A report by congressional Democrats says private consultants to the federal official who oversees Medicare billed taxpayers almost $6 million in less than two years largely to burnish her personal image
3:30PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Coach Norvell, Florida State set for opener vs Georgia Tech
Coach Mike Norvell is set make his debut with Florida State and James Blackman as the Seminoles returning starting quarterback
2:44PM ( 1 hour ago )
Braves set franchise record for runs, hammer Marlins 29-9
Adam Duvall drove in nine runs with three homers, including a grand slam, and the Atlanta Braves obliterated their franchise scoring record in a 29-9 win over the Miami Marlins
1:55AM ( 13 hours ago )
Fugitive wanted in sheriff's deputy shooting captured
Authorities say a man wanted in the recent shooting of a Georgia sheriff’s deputy has been captured
11:17PM ( 16 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
AP Online Headlines - Georgia News
Return of football renews fears over more virus spread
A football-starved nation is getting its games back with the start of the NFL season, but many worry that attending games or get-togethers will lead to a new surge in coronavirus infections
3:45PM ( 6 minutes ago )
SC's Graham says he orchestrated Trump-Woodward interviews
Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump’s top congressional allies, is denouncing an implication floated by a Fox News personality that he intended to sabotage the president by setting up a series of revelatory interviews with journalist Bob Woodward
3:36PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Dem report: Medicare chief used fed money to bolster image
A report by congressional Democrats says private consultants to the federal official who oversees Medicare billed taxpayers almost $6 million in less than two years largely to burnish her personal image
3:30PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Taliban say peace talks with Afghan team to start Saturday
The Taliban say the long-awaited peace talks with the negotiating team selected by the Afghan government are to begin on Saturday in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar
3:20PM ( 32 minutes ago )
The Latest: Louisiana to ease some coronavirus restrictions
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says he’ll ease public gathering restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus
3:16PM ( 35 minutes ago )