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Officers appeal convictions in drunken man's death

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Two former Ohio officers found guilty of dereliction of duty in a case where an intoxicated man died are challenging their convictions.

Sean Carpenter, a former State Highway Patrol trooper, and Derek Beggs, a former Delaware County deputy sheriff, were convicted in December.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/162XyIV) reports both were back in court Tuesday in Delaware, near Columbus, for arguments before the 5th District Court of Appeals.

The officers dropped off an intoxicated man at a Taco Bell last July after they found him in his truck in a highway median. The man later was hit by a car and killed while walking along a road afterward.

Attorneys for the officers argued they had no responsibility to arrest the man.

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