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Former Oklahoma County sheriff's lieutenant charged with manslaughter in inmate's death

by Matt Dinger Modified: June 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014

A former Oklahoma County sheriff’s office lieutenant has been charged in court with second-degree manslaughter in the case of an inmate who died after having his shoulder and wrist dislocated in the county jail.

The charge was filed Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court against Andres Sanchez, 53. He faces two to four years in prison if convicted.

Sanchez is charged in the death of Oklahoma County inmate Emmett Stanley Martin, 53. Sanchez is accused of “applying unnecessary excessive force” while subduing Martin.

Authorities said Sanchez dislocated the shoulder and wrist of the inmate during a struggle inside the county jail, and those injuries caused internal hemorrhaging.

On Dec. 2, Martin reportedly stuck his hand out of the cell door and refused to remove it so officers could close the door. Martin became combative and was eventually handcuffed and shackled before being taken to the jail clinic, according to the probable cause affidavit written by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation special agent Hollylynn Kelly.

Martin was in jail after being arrested on a warrant issued in connection with a contempt of court citation.

Martin was scheduled to have his arm, which appeared hyper-extended and “messed up,” scanned the following morning. He was found dead in his cell overnight, the affidavit states.

Several law officers inside the jail gave statements that various strikes and types of painful maneuvers were inflicted upon Martin in order to get him to comply, according to the affidavit.

Video of the incident showed Sanchez lifting Martin off the ground by his right arm while Martin was handcuffed.

“Sanchez is seen with his hands on the handcuffs and Martin’s arms were straight up and down. Martin’s left arm was hyper-extended, and the angle of his arm was located in an ‘unnatural’ position,” Kelly wrote in the affidavit.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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