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Convicted Murderer Sues for Alleged Jail Beating
updated: Jul 29, 2014, 4:15 PM

Convicted murderer and gang member, Charles Owens, has sued the County of Santa Barbara and two custody deputies for an alleged beating he received while in county jail, reports The Independent.

Two custody deputies were placed on administrative leave last August after a complaint of unnecessary use of force was brought to the Santa Barbara Sheriff's attention. Shortly after, the District Attorney charged Custody Deputy Robert Kirsch and Custody Deputy Christopher Johnson for "Assault by Public Officer," a felony.

Earlier this year both Kirsch and Johnson were terminated from their positions and indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in Los Angeles. Charles Owens, who was in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail awaiting trial on murder and rape charges, alleged that Johnson and Kirsch assaulted him. A press release from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office in April of this year stated, "In November of 2013, Owens was found guilty on charges of first degree murder, forcible rape, oral copulation, sodomy and witness intimidation with gang enhancements. In December of 2013, he was sentenced and transferred to Folsom State Prison where he is currently serving life without parole."

Kirsch and Johnson have pleaded not guilty to assault charges. Read the full article on independent.com

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