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11:27 am
Thu December 29, 2005

Jail Inmate Death In Owensboro

Owensboro, KY – Investigators say an Owensboro jail inmate hanged himself after being taken off a suicide watch list and wasn't found for nearly two hours.
Daviess County sheriff's lieutenant Jeff Jones says Robert Shouse was able to thread the bedsheet through an air vent in the ceiling of his cell.
The 36 year old Maceo native apparently hanged himself in an isolation cell at the jail.
Daviess County jailer David Osborne says the jail's policy of checking inmates in isolation every 20 minutes wasn't followed because of a staffing shortage.
Shouse was jailed in September on a parole violation and was charged in October while in custody with drug trafficking, drug possession and methamphetamine manufacturing.