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Bartholomew County Sheriff Suspendes Three Deputies In Death Probe

Last updated on Monday, July 29, 2013

(COLUMBUS) - A central Indiana sheriff has suspended three deputies for what he calls “errors in judgment” during an investigation into the death of a man married to the ex-wife of one of the officers.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett said Friday that Sgt. Dean Johnson, then-Detective Christie Nunemaker and Deputy E. DeWayne Janes violated department procedures, failed to correctly manage the death scene and properly preserve evidence.

The deputies investigated the April 7 death of Cary Owsley, who died at home of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Owsley was married to Deputy Janes' ex-wife, but despite that conflict Janes entered the death scene and helped remove Owsley's body.

Although the investigation was botched, the sheriff says nothing has been uncovered to overturn his department's ruling that Owsley committed suicide.

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