Jury acquits one jailer; No verdict in second case

April 28, 2021 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — It took just over three hours for a jury of six people to find Danial Vandaveer not guilty of a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery and reach no conclusion in the case against his brother Zane Jadon Dewayne Vandaveer, who is facing the same offense.

The pair are accused of assaulting Kay County inmate Christopher Branham on Sept. 26, 2018. (See story below)

Scott Loftis, who defended the pair, issued the following statement after the verdict.

“Obviously, I’m happy that Danial was able to get this behind him so he can move on with his life but I am disappointed that the jury deadlocked on Zane’s case. I find the current anti-law enforcement atmosphere in the country disturbing. I will never accept this liberal mindset that law enforcement officers should have to tolerate being spit on, bit, and hit and expect them to pretend like they have to be above being a human being to where they have to just stand there and take being abused. I am from the school of thought that if you lay hands on a law enforcement officer who is just trying to do his job and that officer responds by using force then you only got what you had coming to you. In this case you had an inmate that was out of control and the force Danial and Zane used got a non-compliant inmate to comply with lawful requests.”

Zane and Danial Vandaveer

District Attorney Brian Hermanson said, “Because Zane’s case will be re-tried, I can’t comment on either case except to say that our decisions to prosecute a case is based on the facts of the case. Politics do not get factored into that decision.”

Christopher Branham was charged on July 15, 2019 with a felony count of injuring a public building and scheduled for a court date on May 14.

On Jan. 4, 2019 he was convicted of two felony counts of prisoner placing body fluid on a government employee and two counts of assault and battery upon a police officer. He was sentenced to seven years in prison with all but the first five years suspended.

Christopher Ryan Branham

See other stories on the Kay County Detention Center below.

Former jail employee convicted of embezzlement.

Former jail employee found not guilty of embezzlement.

Federal lawsuit filed against jail.

Jury trial set in case against jail.

Former jailers go on trial

ICE and county jail have an agreement