Detective felt pressure to step aside

Ohio Attorney General releases more documents from troubled probe; click here to read deposition
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Jan 11, 2014

A former Sandusky County sheriff's detective who briefly investigated the death of Jacob Limberios said he agreed to take the assignment only if he could conduct it without interference from Sandusky County sheriff Kyle Overmyer and chief deputy Bruce Hirt. 

But the interference he feared was swift and direct, according to documents released by the Ohio Attorney General's Office on Thursday. 

Retired detective Jim Consolo told Sandusky County coroner John Wukie "if I did this with him, that we left no stone unturned, that we turned every stone over we could possibly do, that we told the absolute truth of the matter, and that my hands weren't tied," according to a deposition filed in the case. 

"I just wanted to make sure that nobody put road blocks up for me," Consolo said. "Wherever the investigation led us is where it led us." 

Click here to read the deposition

But both Overmyer and Hirt weiged in almost immediately. 

"Dr. Wukie called me back and he said that I was right, that sheriff Overmyer was upset and did not want me to handle the case. He wanted detective Sean O'Connell to handle this case." 

Overmyer and O'Connell are friends, Consolo said. Overmyer had just recently hired O'Connell after O'Connell retired from the Fremont Police Department.  

Wukie still wanted Consolo, however, and wanted Consolo to assure him he could conduct an investigation that would not be critical of Overmyer or how the initial investigation was handled. Overmyer and his brother-in-law, sheriff's captain Michael Meggitt, conducted the initial investigation, during which some physical evidence from the home where Jake was killed was destroyed and other evidence was not collected.  

Consolo withdrew from the assignment just a few days later after an unusual meeting with Hirt. 

Click here to read about a previous investigation that landed Consolo in hot water

Hirt "asked about my family, and, ah, I haven't spoken to him in quite a while, to me it was kind of odd that he shows up right after this comes up, then, of course, he led into, have you talked to Dr. Wukie about the Limberios case and right then and there I knew this is going to be nothing but problems for me and I told Chief Hirt, don't worry about it, I'm withdrawing from the case." 

Overmyer assigned O'Connell, and deputy Zach Zender, Hirt's son-in-law who had just recently been promoted to a detective's position, to conduct the investigation. They never completed it, however, because a judge removed local officials from the probe in late May 2013 citing conflicts of interest in the way they were conducting it. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was assigned to complete the probe and determined that Jake's death was an accident.

Wukie ruled Jake's death a suicide weeks after Jake was killed. He's since refused to change the death certificate to reflect DeWine's finding, contending a suicide ruling does not require knowing whether someone intended to kill themselves.  

Click here to hear Wukie explain his suicide ruling

Click here to read about the killing of Bryan Jones

Comments

Lil DAB

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Jakes Dad

Becareful you maybe labeled as a Justice for Jake & Ella Supporter!

Lil DAB

busted ;-)

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Simple Enough II

I get a have an opinion, Consolo and Overmyer didn't get along, probably goes back farther than, when Overmyer got the nod for the Sheriff's position after Dave G. died,maybe when they were both detectives. As for Brother-in-law, look at just about any Donutshop and fire department you will probably see the same with families going that path for careers like the Dunns for example.Just my take on all this.

John Harville

the sheriff's sister Tracy Overmyer is County Clerk of Courts.
His father was a deputy on the force for years.
the overmyer family is broad and deep in 'donut shop' politics.
Kyle's brother-in-law Matt Jenne is/was president of Clyde-GS BOE.
Michael Meggit and the clerk of courts have same address/phone # in Lindsey.

Jakes Dad

Thank you for pointing out this will be a fight!

Jakes Dad

Yes you maybe right! When you say look at any donut shop, I say yes Donut Wars (http://youtu.be/gpvVkwtObcA). This is what Sandusky County Sheriffs were doing as my son was dug-up!

Lil DAB

Watched the video. All fun and games until you have to do what county voters elected you to do! The unspoken code of ethics does and has existed for years.

"The Unwritten Code
The Police “Code of Silence” is an unspoken rule among many police agencies in the country. It is a code of “honor” in the police brotherhood where giving information about another police officers wrongdoings is considered an act of betrayal. Other terms for the code include: “The Thin Blue Line,” and “The Wall of Silence.” Police academies across the nation are close-knit communities of law enforcement. From the first day on the job to the last, every officer is supposed to count on one another for support. Time after time, we see stories on the news of officers committing criminal acts and being put on trial for it. Rarely, do we see officers put behind bars. This is due to none other than “The Code.” If a police officer testifies, or in a sense “rats out” another police officer, that police officer will be shunned from the brotherhood and will be an outcast of the police force."
http://www.studymode.com/essays/...

Does it extend to county offices? Attorneys? Does it affect outcomes in divorce courts? Heck, yes! Time to clean up! Ottawa Cty has a good start.

Peninsula Pundit

Wow. I thought crap like this only happened down south.
Hirt and Overmyer should be terminated from their positions.
Those who had oversight should also step down.
And one of the oddest fashions is the 'skinhead' look most closely associated with nazis.
Most Law Enforcement personnel wear their hair this way anymore.
Coincidence?
You decide.

Jakes Dad

We can all stop this if we are all united!

Simple Enough II

Yeah, well IMO Brian Jones death was his and his family's doing, if you want to drag that crap up again.

Matt Westerhold

Sleeping with a shotgun in your lap in your own home is not a crime. 

deertracker

@Simple
Do you really believe that was the proper way to handle that situation?

Simple Enough II

I wasn't there, you were ot there and for that matter neither was consulo. Drunk man, convicted felon having a firearm under disability, threatens himself and family. Yeah, after the fact a lot of things could have been done different, but I put that on the Jones.

deertracker

A simple yes or no would have sufficed. You are blaming a dead guy. Every one involved could have done things differently but it is LE that's trained to handle these situations and deadly force is supposed to be a last resort.

John Harville

...and how many shots were fired after startling the man awake?
And how many officers have been disciplined/fired on Kyle's watch?

Jakes Dad

Thank you Matt Westerhold. It's simple suicide by cop. Simple Enough II

starryeyes83

Jones' parents are the ones who called LE out there to begin with. Don't forget Bryan Jones had a history of violence and drugs and shooting into a house with a 5 year old child sleeping and barely missed the kid.

It has nothing to do with this saga.

Why is it everyone seems to forget that part?

deertracker

We did not forget, it just has nothing to do with this saga!

Jakes Dad

Obviously we all know better!

Matt Westerhold

Thanks starryeyes83. It appears a troubling pattern might exist beginning with the death of Craig Burdine at the Sandusky County jail (2007) to Jones being killed by deputies (2010) to the sexually exploited schizophrenic jail inmate (20012) to the botched investigation of Jake Limberios' death (2012).  These cases seem most assuredly connected.

Also, suggesting it might be OK to kill a sleeping man because of past crimes ... well ... that's seems to be  oblivious or purposely in denial, IMO.

Jakes Dad

IMO. Dean Henry was appointed to come here to clean up a mess. You sir, your paper, Dan McGookey are the only one's I see stepping up to make sure this does not happen to anyone else, ever again. You guys are "Jakes Law" or the only ones with the balls to try to.

Jakes Dad

Thank you for getting us all back on this saga. I don't think anyone forgot part. Most see a pattern but you!

BabyMomma

Shortly before they murdered Brian, the sheriffs were stationed all around the house and were in line to get shot by each other! Lol....it's a shame somebody noticed.

Truth or Dare

How many folks listened to the recorded interview between Gasser and O'Connell @ the coffee shop? It better explains why Consolo was pressured to step aside. After all, he doesn't play well with others. You know, isn't a team player. Not my words, but they are the words of the then new, hand-picked investigator. Take the time to listen to it! How many folks have read the statements given, the legal documents provided? I have a question, any relationship between SC LE at the scene and any of those involved, the 3 witnesses, the owner of the home Jake died in, be it blood or through marriage? How about LE themselves? Evidence was tossed, the home cleaned and the bullet that killed Jake was removed from the ceiling and the ceiling repaired. In my view, Obstruction of Justice and made possible by a Coroner that didn't fulfill his duty/obligation to show up at the scene.

Gee, I don't know, but just maybe I would plead the 5th. & lawyer up and lay low, or move out of state or the county, let alone out of the home where such a "tragic accident" took place. Sorry, all the coverage over the last few years easy regarding SC LE has only added to the dis-trust in getting to the truth regarding Jake's "tragic accidental" death. I believe it's a Coroners' responsibility/obligation as well LE to do their job w/o bias! That means the Coroner would have to be present at the scene of any "accidental" shooting when a death is involved, to make sure an investigation is done properly, let alone at all! Of course if they're quick to rule a suicide, no investigation necessary. Hence, Jake's Law.

Again, take the time to Google and view Frontline's Post Mortem. How convenient for most involved, let alone the Coroner and LE. Regarding Brian Jones' death and dragging that crap up, that isn't over. All the more reason Consolo was pressured to step aside regarding the investigation of Jake's death. Guess he wasn't willing in this case to play nice, be a team-player either. I give the man props for having a conscience!

Jakes Dad

Thank you! We would not e here if Jim Consolo was at the home that night. I do believe this!

BabyMomma

I wondered all along how Consolo was leap-frogged by Overmeyer for Sheriff anyways. Wasn't Consolo on duty when Overmeyer was still in high school? I know they were both detectives together for a while, then bam, Overmeyers top dog?

John Harville

If evidence was destroyed, lost, then why were there no disciplinary actions or arrests?

Jakes Dad

Great question lets all ask Kyle, after all this is his watch.

John Harville

Suicide: the intentional taking of one's life.

Attorney General: no intent to kill himself.

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