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Handcuff key found in prisoner

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

BENTON - A handcuff key was found inside a prisoner

being held in the Scott County Jail in connection with

last week's Super D Drug Store robbery in Sikeston.

Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell explained that

following the death of his brother, Ernest L. Fenton

in the Scott County jail, Troy L. Fenton was

transported to an area hospital. The Fentons were

charged in the robbery at Super D.

During a preliminary investigation of the incident,

Ferrell said information was received that Troy Fenton

may have concealed drugs and a handcuff key in his

rectal area. As a precautionary measure, X-rays were

taken and revealed a handcuff key inside Fenton's


Hospital personnel were able to retrieve the key and

turn it over to investigators. No drugs were located.

"Troy Fenton told investigators he was glad the key

was located because it probably would have caused

someone else to get hurt," Ferrell said. Fenton could

be charged with a felony of introducing contraband

into a county jail, however the sheriff said he does

not plan to ask the prosecutor to do so.

According to the sheriff, this method of concealing

contraband has and always will be a problem at the

Scott County Jail. Ferrell said his jail staff does

their best to see that contraband is not introduced in

to the jail.

A coroner's inquest to examine the death of Ernest

Fenton is expected to be conducted in November once

toxicology reports are completed, authorities said. An

autopsy was completed in Farmington on the body with

no preliminary findings announced.