HOUSTON (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has ordered a lockdown of Texas prisons and a search of all inmates after a cell phone was confiscated today from a condemned killer.
Investigators allege Richard Tabler's mother bought minutes for the cell phone, which he used to call a legislator and make threatening remarks about the lawmaker's daughters.
Perry says a guard allegedly accepted a bribe to deliver the cell phone.
Lorraine Tabler of Blackshear, Ga., was arrested today at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on charges of providing a prohibited item to an inmate.
The investigation started after Richard Tabler on Oct. 7 started calling Houston's John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
Richard Tabler was condemned for a 2004 shooting spree that left four dead. The victims had ties to a Killeen strip club. The phone was bought in Waco in 2007.
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