Oklahoma County judge rules not enough evidence to send former jailers to trial

Former detention officer Jose Botello, 29, and former detention deputy John Jacobson, 29, were charged with assault and battery of inmate Cortez Meadows in January. But Special Judge James Croy sided with the defendants in the case Thursday and the jury was dismissed.
by Matt Dinger Published: June 13, 2014
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Two former Oklahoma County jail officers walked out of a courtroom Thursday after a judge ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence to support proceeding with an assault and battery trial against them.

Former detention officer Jose Botello, 29, and former detention deputy John Jacobson, 29, were charged with assault and battery in January. They were accused of assaulting inmate Cortez Meadows, causing injuries to his head, shoulders, wrist and back.

Both men were fired after being arrested on the complaints.

>>Read: Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department arrests two former jail officers (Published Jan. 31, 2014)

Meadows testified that the law officers were yelling at him and ordering him to be quiet and he was compliant with their requests. He also testified that his wrist was injured and he was struck in the head and body while obeying commands.

But a number of other law officers, including the defendants, testified that Meadows was unruly, making threats and refusing to follow orders. The detention officers led Meadows from a holding pen with other inmates to an isolated cell dubbed “the pink room.”

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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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