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Day 6: Grand jurors done for the day

Melissa Topey • Jun 2, 2014 at 4:23 PM

3:23 p.m. — Grand jury members have left for the day.

1:10 p.m. — Grand jury members are back in session hearing from an unknown man.

12:18 p.m. — Juror members have left for lunch. Grand jury proceedings will continue this afternoon.

12:17 p.m. — Chief Deputy Bruce Hirt is done testifying. There are no witnesses currently in the hallway.

11:56 a.m. — Sandusky County Sheriff Chief Deputy Bruce Hirt has been called into the courtroom.

11:45 a.m. — O'Connell is off the stand after almost an hour and a half of testifying. Jury members took a bathroom break. He declined to reveal any of what he spoke about.

10:20 a.m. — Overmyer is off the stand. Sandusky County Sheriff detective Sean O'Connell has taken the stand.

Overmyer had no comment concerning what he may have testified to.

9:27 a.m. — Overmyer has been called in to testify.

9:05 a.m. — Sheriff Kyle Overmyer is in the hallway waiting to testify.

8:40 a.m. — Attorney General prosecutor Matt Donahue has arrived. Proceedings should begin soon.

8:30 a.m. — Grand jury members are starting to arrive.

Updates: The grand jury is scheduled to reconvene at 9 a.m. Check back here all day for updates.

June 2, 2014, 7 a.m.

Day 6

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will reconvene a grand jury today at the Sandusky County courthouse, in the sixth day of hearings into the 2007 jailhouse death of Craig Burdine. 

Burdine was already severely injured from an earlier assault just prior to when he was arrested. He was still handcuffed and shackled when he was repeatedly Tasered by an officer and then suddenly died at the Sandusky County jail on Aug. 11, 2007. 

DeWine's lead prosecutor, Matt Donahue, has focused the grand jury presentation on the Burdine family, calling Craig's father, Jess, his sister Laurie and his brother Eric as witnesses.

Donahue thus far has limited the grand jury's access to first-person witness accounts of what occurred in favor of family members and state investigators.

The Burdine family has expressed fears DeWine is intentionally limiting the information being presented to the grand jury to avoid getting criminal indictments. Jess Burdine also said Donahue is misreading data reports about the time of his son's death, and at one point Donahue was using his cell phone while Laurie Burdine testified last week. 

Donahue does not appear to have presented any physical evidence or scientific conclusions to grand jurors. Lucas County deputy coroner Cynthia Beisser and renowned forensic pathologist Michael Baden have not been called to give testimony.  

The Fremont police officers, jail guards and supervisors at the jail the day Craig Burdine died also have not testified in front of the grand jury.  

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