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Mistrial in federal case of Humphreys Co. officer beating

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Dashcam video shows Darren Ring being beaten January 2011 by deputies. Dashcam video shows Darren Ring being beaten January 2011 by deputies.
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A federal judge has declared a mistrial due to a hung jury in the case of two former Humphreys County sheriff's deputies accused of beating an unarmed man.

Tim Hedge, 51, and Benji Lee, 33, faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if they had been convicted in the case of the videotaped beating of Darrin Ring in January 2011.

Ring was reportedly beaten and tasered for 19 minutes. He was then taken to jail where witnesses say he was beaten and tasered again.

Most of the beating and tasering reportedly came after Ring was handcuffed by the deputies, and his injuries included broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Although there were four officers involved in the beating, the U.S. Department of Justice in its indictments decided only two men - Lee and Hedge - went too far.

However, the defense used the video in a different way, saying Ring never complied and he wouldn't show his hands or cooperate when police were worried about a gun being present.

The defense said while it may have been a sloppy arrest, or even a rough arrest, it wasn't a crime.

In May 2012, the Humphreys County Sheriff's Department settled a civil rights lawsuit with Ring for $350,000.

The Justice Department plans to begin a new trial for Lee and Hedge on May 7.

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