Jury trials set for jailers accused of assault

August 12, 2019 | Courts

NEWKIRK — Jury trials are scheduled for two former Kay County Detention Center jailers accused of assaulting an inmate in the county jail on Sept. 26, 2018.

Zane Jadon Dewayne Vandaveer, 21, and Danial Alen Vandaveer, 30, were charged on Oct. 31 with misdemeanor assault and battery after they were reportedly caught on video head butting and punching inmate Christopher Branham.

Officials report Danial is accused of head butting Branham while he was in a restraint chair and Zane is accused of punching Branham 14 times and kneeing him in the face. The incident was caught on video.

Danial Alen Vandaveer

In the affidavit, investigators report the video shows Branham spit on Zane before a protective helmet and spit hood were placed on him. Detention officer Donald Rosebery is reportedly caught on video checking on Branham at least five times. At 7:42 a.m. the video reportedly shows the brothers entering the cell to release Branham’s arms one at a time to ensure proper circulation. The video also reportedly shows that when Branham’s left arm was released, he reportedly attempted to punch and bite the pair.

Zane Jadon Dewayne Vandaveer

A struggle ensued and Branham reportedly spit on Daniel three times.
The pair are scheduled for jury trials on Jan. 14, 2020.
Following the incident, Branham was charged with two felony counts of prisoner placing body fluid on government employee and two felony counts of assault and battery on a police officer.
On Jan. 4, 2019 he entered no contest pleas to the charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but five years suspended. In a burglary case filed against him on Sept. 6 he was sentenced to seven years in prison with all but five years suspended.He was given credit for time served.