Four Deputies Face New Indictments In Jail Beating Case

More Harrison County deputies are facing charges in crimes relating to the death of Jesse Lee Williams.

Rick Gaston, 52, Daniel Evans, 26, Karl Stolze, 38, and Ryan Teel, 30, were named in the five count indictment. All appeared in federal court Friday morning.

Gaston is the highest ranking member indicted so far. He is currently on administrative leave with pay from the Sheriff's Department.

The indictment charges four former deputies - Ryan Michael Teel, James Ricky Gaston, Daniel Evans, and Karl W. Stolze - with conspiracy to deprive inmates of their civil rights.

Count one alleges that these four deputies conspired with other correctional officers to intentionally use excessive force to punish, intimidate, injure, oppress, threaten and retaliate against inmates at the jail between Feb. 8, 2005, and March 8, 2006.

Count two of the indictment charges Teel with depriving Williams of his civil rights in the alleged Feb. 4, 2006, assault.

Count three charges Teel with allegedly falsifying an official report with intent to obstruct an investigation into the assault on Williams.

Count four charges Teel and Gaston with violating the civil rights of a pre-trial detainee during an alleged assault on Aug. 9, 2005.

Count five charges Gaston with violating the civil rights of a pre-trial detainee in an alleged assault on Oct. 10, 2005.

Counts one and two each carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.  Count three carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.  Counts four and five each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

Jessie Lee Williams was beaten at the jail in February of last year, and died a few days later.

Ryan Teel is currently awaiting a trial on May 29th. Five other deputies have already pleaded guilty in the jail investigation.