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Detective grilled

Register • Nov 4, 2013 at 3:04 AM

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Sandusky County sheriff's detective captain Sean O'Connell might be called as a witness as early as Tuesday when a grand jury convenes in Sandusky County, but the Justice for Jake and Ella group already put him on a hot seat of its own with a "Question of the Day" at its Facebook page.

"When asked why you replaced detective Jim Consolo as the coroner's choice to head up the Jake Limberios investigation in November 2012, you said: 'There's some controversy there between Jim Consolo, the sheriff's office — not to mention other agencies outside the sheriff's Office — that need to be addressed, that have been addressed, that are being addressed, and what not,' as being a reason," a recent post states.

"What were the 'controversies' between detective Consolo, the Sandusky County Sheriff's Office and other agencies you were referring to?"

Consolo was the detective Sandusky County coroner John Wukie wanted for a coroner's investigation after questions persisted concerning the competency of sheriff Kyle Overmyer's investigation into the killing of Jacob Limberios on March 2, 2012.

Overmyer previously said Consolo did not want the assignment, but notes Consolo exchanged with Wukie suggest the detective felt pressured to step aside.

The now-retired detective was de-railed by the sheriff's office in a 2010 investigation of the killing by sheriff's deputies of Bryan Jones, who was shot dead from near point-blank range at his parents' home.

Jones had returned home drunk, and he scared his family from the house. He was alone in the home, asleep or passed out on a couch with a rifle resting on his lap when deputies went in. The deputies  used a flash bang grenade to awaken him. They killed him instantly when the explosion jerked him awake and the rifle moved.

Consolo's brief investigation was shut down after his initial finding detailed operational missteps in the way the sheriff's deputies handled the incident. The investigation conducted after Consolo was removed found no operational mistakes and deputies were cleared of any wrongdoing.

Jones was killed less than 90 minutes after sheriff's deputies arrived at the home July 11, 2010. One of the deputies who killed Jones was on a “last chance” employment agreement and was prohibited from carrying a weapon as a result of a previous domestic violence incident in which he was allegedly involved.

The concerns raised by Consolo were never addressed in the subsequent investigation of the Jones killing.

O'Connell recalled the Jones killing in a slightly different way in April when he talked with Brady Gasser, one of the founders of the Justice for Jake & Ella Facebook page.

“That was another unfortunate incident that the sheriff's department responded to,” O'Connell said. “(Jones) had gotten off the couch and pointed a shotgun and the officers fired back for their own safety.”

O'Connell did not mention Jones was asleep, or that deputies stood just feet away from him and didn't attempt to awaken him, or couldn't, or also could not somehow remove the rifle from his lap.

Instead they detonated the flash-bang grenade. Jones' right arm was blown off when the gunfire exploded; he took nine hits.

O'Connell said Consolo could not be trusted to conduct the right kind of investigation needed in the Limberios killing.

“Jim Consolo was never a team player,” O'Connell told Gasser. “Jim Consolo was not one of those guys you could always work with comfortably.”

O'Connell and all other Sandusky County officials were removed from the investigation in late-May when a judge determined there were conflicts of interest in the way it was being conducted.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine took over in June, promising a “thorough investigation.” He is set to impanel a grand jury beginning Tuesday and there's been speculation that up to 100 witnesses could be subpoenaed to testify.

Testimony at grand jury proceedings is generally not considered public record and is not required by law to be disclosed. Court documents related to grand jury proceedings, including subpoenas, generally are public record, but visiting Judge Dale Crawford, presiding over the court action, ordered the documents be sealed.

Read the grand Jury suppression ORDER. 

Sandusky County Clerk of Courts Tracy Overmyer, the sheriff's sister and wife of sheriff's detective Michael Meggitt, the original lead investigator, is issuing the subpoenas.

Recent posts at Justice for Jake & Ella

“Sean, was the reason detective. James Consolo was not called to Jake’s death scene the night he was killed to head up the investigation (a violation of the Sheriff’s Department’s own Standard Operating Procedures) because he would have conducted a real investigation?”

"Sean, today’s question is a three-parter: 1)What did you believe happened to Jake when you told Mike Limberios in February this year and Brady Gasser in April that you knew what happened (the night Jake was killed), and there was just one more thing you needed to do to conclude your investigation; 2)What was that one more thing you needed to do to conclude your investigation — dig Jake up again for an autopsy; 3)How could you know what the autopsy results would be before the autopsy was done?

"You have made accusation now twice (in this audio and with Brady) that Jim Consolo was taken off Jake's case because he said 'this was a homicide.' Please tell us who heard Jim Consolo say this?"


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