(westplainsdailyquill.net) - Friday night, Daniel Norton, 33, West Plains, jailed since February on a murder charge, was found hanging in his cell at the Howell County Jail in West Plains.
County Coroner Tim Cherry, West Plains, told The Quill a Greene County coroner told him 6:43 a.m. today that Norton was pronounced dead 11:03 p.m. Sunday at Cox South Medical Center, Springfield.
An autopsy was performed yesterday.
Sheriff Mike Shannon said jail staff found Norton and performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until South Howell County Ambulance personnel arrived and took Norton to Ozarks Medical Center.
Shannon's written report filed 9:13 p.m. Friday does not give the time Norton was found.
Shannon said the investigation has been turned over to Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and further information on it will come from the patrol.
There have been two other times during Shannon's tenure as sheriff in which inmates at the jail have died, both hangings and occurring in shower stalls.
Eric J. Chappelle, 40, West Plains, died in October of 2012, a few days before he was to go to trial in the April 2011 drowning death of his 4-year-old son, Jacob, in a bathtub at the Chappelle home.
Allen Oren Hays, 33, died in September of 2012. He was listed as homeless and was charged with failure to appear on charges or non-support and forgery, plus a charge of failure to register as a sex offender.
Norton was charged Feb. 14 with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Feb. 12 stabbing death of Michael Tyler, 42, 1035 West Seventh St., West Plains. The incident occurred at a duplex at 2301 K Highway, near the Quail Run subdivision. Bail was set at $1 million.
Lawmen were called to the scene 6:47 p.m. Feb. 12 and found Tyler had been stabbed multiple times. He was pronounced dead at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC).
West Plains police Detective Bryan Brauer said Norton had fled the scene, lawmen had a good description of him and he was taken into custody without incident 10:07 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Snappy Mart at 603 South Harris St., Willow Springs.
Brauer said police were assisted by the Howell County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Willow Springs Police Department and the Mo. State Highway Patrol.
BLOOD IN THE FRONT YARD
In paperwork filed when charges were sought Detective George Buehler with the city police department wrote that in response to a call to 911 Officers Brandon Haynes and Kent Smith went to the scene and â€śobserved large amounts of blood in the front yard and on the steps to the house.'' Inside they found Tyler on his hands and knees on the floor in the front room. He was bleeding profusely and holding a towel to the left side of his face/neck.
Buehler wrote that Officer Joey Kentner arrived and was told by one of the people at the house that Norton had stabbed Tyler. Kentner asked Tyler if this was correct and he nodded indicating that was correct. Shortly after that Tyler lost consciousness. He was then taken to OMC.
Buehler said several witnesses were taken to the police department for interviews. The result, he said, was that lawmen were told Norton had come there looking for a woman he said owed him money. Witnesses said Norton checked a bedroom to see if she was there and that prompted Tyler to tell him to leave and escorted him to the front door.
Buehler's report also showed Norton allegedly told Tyler he needed to talk to him outside, and a witness who saw them leave heard a noise a few seconds later and Tyler returned and was bleeding profusely from the neck and saying Norton was the attacker.
Records also showed Detective Jeff Williams then spoke with another witness who said she had been in a bedroom, heard a loud noise, went to the living room and saw through the glass front door Norton stabbing Tyler in the neck, this resulting a blood-spray from the wound, Buehler wrote.
About 9:55 p.m. Feb. 12 city police were advised by the sheriff's department that deputies had found Norton in Willow Springs and had him in custody.