UNION COUNTY — A Union County jailer and a man who at the time was an inmate in the Union County Jail are being charged with allegedly engaging in jury tampering.
Ivy Veal West, 270 Oakland Road, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with misconduct in office.
Demarcus Darrielle Simuel, currently in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with obstructing justice.
In a statement issued Friday afternoon announcing the arrests, Sheriff David Taylor said the charges stem from a jury trial during a drug case that was tried in General Sessions Court during the week of August 21. Taylor said that West was working in her official capacity as a jailer when she delivered a message given to her by Simuel. He said Simuel was on trial for several charges that included trafficking meth, unlawful conduct toward a child, and weapons law violations. Taylor said the intent of West and Ivy was to make contact with a seated juror in reference to Simuel’s case.
Taylor said the case was investigated by Union County Narcotics Officers. He said that West has been fired and was arrested Friday afternoon and was being held in the jail pending a bond hearing.
Taylor said that Simuel, who was convicted and sentenced to prison in August, is still in state custody. He said the warrant for Simuel’s arrest in this case will be sent to the State Department of Corrections and served on him in prison. After that, Taylor said Simuel will be brought back to Union County to stand trial along with West.