MARTINSBURG – Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley has responded to a lawsuit alleging he and 14 other unnamed officers beat a suspect in custody.
The lawsuit was filed by Mark Daniel Haines, who is currently serving a 19-year sentence for bank robbery, last month. It details a litany of injuries Haines suffered because of the alleged beating, including a broken rib, a broken eye socket, a broken nose and a broken sinus cavity.
Video of the incident has also been made public and is available on YouTube.
In his response, Shirley claims that he is immune from the lawsuit because he is a government official, that the suspect or other individuals were responsible for his injuries, and that all of Haines’ allegations are false.
Shirley also asserted said he should be awarded attorneys fees and other damages from Haines.
The case will be heard by Judge John Preston Bailey of the Northern District Court.
Bailey has ordered the discovery process to begin on July 20.
Shirley entered a plea of not guilty last week in a related criminal case. In that case, he is accused of altering records to evade an FBI investigation as well as the beating. He could face 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted of both counts.