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Sheriff suspends 3 deputies over Owsley death investigation


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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett has suspended three deputies for what he labeled "errors in judgment" during an investigation into the death of Cary Owsley, who died of a gunshot wound to the chest at home on April 7.

On Friday, the sheriff said nothing has been uncovered to overturn his department's determination that Owsley's death was a suicide.

But Gorbett said Sgt. Dean Johnson, then-Detective Christie Nunemaker and Deputy E. DeWayne Janes, the ex-husband of Owsley's widow, all violated department procedures, failed to manage the death scene correctly or properly preserve evidence.

Among missteps were allowing Janes — who had a conflict of interest as a family member — to enter the death scene and help remove Owsley's body from the home, records and taped statements from the investigation show.

Read Saturday's edition of The Republic for more details.

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