Ex-San Bernardino County deputy Ivory J. Webb, videotaped in shooting, files bankruptcy

The former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy who was videotaped shooting an unarmed man in Chino two years ago has filed for bankruptcy.

Ivory J. Webb Jr., who was acquitted in state court of criminal charges, filed for bankruptcy two months ago in Riverside, according to court records.

Webb and his wife, Angelia Jonel Webb, list assets totaling $682,474 — most of that from a house on Robusta Drive in Riverside — and debts and claims totaling $1,018,415.66.

That does not include a potential jury award in a civil suit filed by Elio Carrion, the shooting victim, who accuses Webb of fabricating evidence and trying to cover up an attempted murder.

Webb’s attorney in the bankruptcy proceeding, Pamela N. Buckner-Davis, of Long Beach, declined to comment.

Carrion’s federal civil case attorney, Luis Carrillo, said by phone Tuesday that while he is not familiar with bankruptcy proceedings, he does not expect it to affect the lawsuit.

“The whole issue is this: He was employed by the county,” Carrillo said, “so the county will pay any damages that the jury awards.

“I’m interested in justice,” Carrillo said. “There was no justice. The jury did not convict him (Webb). We’ll see justice in a civil court when the jury awards damages. Then there should be changes in the procedures that the San Bernardino (County) Sheriff’s Department establishes.”

The federal civil suit is scheduled to start Dec. 9 in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, attorneys for Carrion, Webb and the county filed documents asking Judge Otis Wright II to seal documents related to the civil case until the trial starts.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles said last year that it was considering filing federal criminal charges against Webb, but has yet to file them.

San Bernardino County Superior Court jurors took less than two hours in June 2007 to acquit Webb of attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault with a firearm, which could have brought a 20-year prison term.

While on patrol in January 2006, Webb pursued a Corvette through a residential neighborhood at speeds reaching 100 mph before the car crashed on a dark street. Webb, who was alone, confronted two inebriated occupants of the Corvette, one of them Carrion.

Carrion and the driver, Luis Fernando Escobedo, were later determined to have blood-alcohol levels of 0.16, twice the level at which a motorist is considered to be under the influence.

Escobedo pleaded guilty to drunken driving and evading police and was sentenced to six months in jail. He served four months, with time off for good behavior.

The video, filmed by a neighborhood resident, appears to show that Webb opened fire as Carrion was complying with orders and gestures to get up off the ground.

Jurors accepted the defense contention that Webb saw Carrion reaching toward his jacket, as if to retrieve a gun.

Staff writer John Berry contributed to this story.

Reach Darrell R. Santschi at 909-806-3067 or dsantschi@PE.com


One Response

  1. Violence & Corruption Rampant in San Bernardino County. See: http://thebigbearianreturns.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/violence-corruption-rampant-in-san-bernardino-county/

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