Tennessee jury indicts deputy accused of slapping inmate

Published 8:54 am Friday, November 8, 2019

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a sheriff’s deputy accused of slapping a handcuffed inmate has been indicted on assault and official misconduct charges.

The agency statement released Wednesday says a Washington County grand jury returned three indictments against Lt. Edwin “Eddie” Graybeal, son of Sheriff Ed Graybeal.

News outlets report the charges stem from a November 2018 confrontation that was recorded on another deputy’s body-worn camera. Eddie Graybeal is accused of hitting an inmate who another deputy reported had become combative while being arrested. Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen said Eddie Graybeal self-reported the slap, and was given a written reprimand.

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State prosecutors asked the Nashville District Attorney’s General Conference to appoint a special prosecutor to review the case in September. It was brought to TBI for investigation that month.