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Carlton Nebergall on house arrest while awaiting appeal of manslaughter conviction

Ex-Palm Beach County deputy who fatally shot son-in-law only allowed to leave home to get groceries for 1 hour each week
Carlton Nebergall testifies in retrial, March 10, 2020
Posted at 4:47 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 16:47:25-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A retired Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputy who shot and killed his estranged son-in-law is back at home while awaiting word on his appeal.

Palm Beach County Judge Jeffrey Gillen recently granted Carlton Nebergall an appellate bond while he awaits a decision by the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Nebergall, 64, was convicted of manslaughter in March for the February 2018 fatal shooting of Jacob Lodge. Gillen sentenced Nebergall to 13 years in prison in September.

Gillen's Nov. 24 order specified that Nebergall could be released from jail on a $500,000 bond, on the condition that he remain on house arrest and wear an ankle monitor.

Gillen on Wednesday agreed to modify the conditions of Nebergall's house arrest so that he may leave to go grocery shopping for an hour each week, including travel time.

The modified order also allows Nebergall to be outside his house, but on his property, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. That includes his backyard, patio, garage and to walk to his mailbox.

Nebergall had been in jail since his arrest. He was initially charged with first-degree murder, but jurors convicted him on a lesser charge during his second trial.

A mistrial was declared in Nebergall's first trial last year because a juror was caught using a cellphone while his defense attorney was making his closing arguments.