Bland man found dead in Franklin County Detention Center; death is under investigation

By Roxie Murphy, Staff Writer
Posted 11/27/19

A Bland man was found dead in his cell at the Franklin County Detention Center (FCDC) Nov. 25 by an inmate and deputies.

Tyler K. Bailey, 32, was found at approximately 3 p.m. hanging by a piece …

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Bland man found dead in Franklin County Detention Center; death is under investigation

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A Bland man was found dead in his cell at the Franklin County Detention Center (FCDC) Nov. 25 by an inmate and deputies.

Tyler K. Bailey, 32, was found at approximately 3 p.m. hanging by a piece of bedding tied above his bunk.

According to a Tuesday morning press release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy performing commissary duties was speaking with inmates about their order. One inmate believed another inmate wanted a phone card and opened the cell door to see if that was true. The deputy was immediately summoned to the cell.

Deputies discovered Bailey and medical staff initiated CPR until ambulance personnel arrived and pronounced him dead.

“Mr. Bailey was observed during meal passing at breakfast and lunch,” Franklin County Sheriff Steve Peloton said in his report. “He was inside a module with a large day room and a two-story catwalk of individual cells holding 18 inmates.”

There were 16 inmates in the area at the time. Inmates can close the doors to their cells. There are cameras inside the day room area of the module. However, due to the bathroom facilities in the cells, there are no cameras inside the sleeping quarters.

The Missouri State Division of Drug and Crime Control was contacted for an independent investigation as per standard procedure. Any further information will be released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to the sheriff’s report.

On Oct. 18, Bailey’s defense, Attorney Jason Paul Hine, requested a medical furlough on his defendant’s behalf. Objections to the furlough were filed on Oct. 22 by Abbie Michelle Shirrell, and on Oct. 23 a criminal motion hearing was scheduled for Oct. 24. Both parties were represented by their attorneys in court on Oct. 24.

The judge/clerk noted on Missouri Case.net on Oct. 24 that the “Franklin County Sheriff’s Department contacted the court and advised that the facility wanted to admit the defendant. Per the Judge Craig E. Hellman, the defendant was returned to the jail. The facility refused to forward screening results with the deputy.”

Bailey, who was involved in a six-hour stand-off at the Owensville Motor Inn in Owensville on Aug. 28, was being held at the FCDC after a Nov. 23 order stated that he had violated a Nov. 22 court order that released him from jail on a medical furlough. According to the order, “due to the defendant’s violations of this court’s order dated Nov. 22, his furlough is revoked. Defendant shall be returned to Franklin County Jail immediately upon his arrest.”

He had charges pending from two cases that were related to his Aug. 28 arrest on a Franklin County felony stalking warrant issued that same day in Owensville. He was staying at the Owensville Motor Inn the week prior his release Aug. 23 on a surety bond for what had been a $75,000 cash-only bond following his arrest Aug. 12. In that case, he was charged with five felonies after allegedly assaulting his wife with a “taser” gun discharged onto her stomach at her residence in Krakow and then fleeing sheriff’s deputies during a Franklin County pursuit.

Charges continued into the September 2019 case and included:

• first-degree burglary (class B felony);

• armed criminal action (unclassified felony);

• second-degree domestic assault (class D felony);

• unlawful use of a weapon, Subsection 4 — exhibiting (class E felony);

• resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing creating a substantial risk of serious, injury/death to any person (class E felony); and,

• first-degree stalking (class E felony).

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