1 of 9 Chatham County jail employees fired after inmate death reinstated, put on probation

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SAVANNAH, Georgia — One of nine Georgia sheriff's workers who was fired after a man was found dead in a restraining chair at the county jail has been reinstated.

Chatham County Chief Deputy Sheriff Roy Harris told the Savannah Morning News Thursday (http://bit.ly/1JWPm3g ) that 23-year-old Pvt. Andrew Evans-Martinez will be put on 12 months of probation and undergo additional training.

Authorities have said 21-year-old Mathew Ajibade (ah-jih-BAH-dee) was found dead in an isolation cell after fighting jailers during booking Jan. 1. A coroner said Ajibade's cause of death was homicide by blunt force trauma.

Harris says a review showed that Evans-Martinez wasn't inside the cell where Ajibade was restrained and didn't see what happened before he died.

Two jail employees and a contract health care worker have been indicted in the man's death.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

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