Texas death row yields more cell phone gear

AUSTIN (AP) - Another cell phone charger and SIM card have been recovered in the cell of a Texas death row inmate -- the latest in a series of similar discoveries.

Michelle Lyons, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville, said the contraband was found in the cell of Marlin Enos Nelson.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Nelson is facing execution for the August 1987 slaying of James Randle Howard in Houston area.
Prison investigators said searchers had seized a smuggled cell phone from Nelson's cell on Oct. 24.

Investigators have recovered five smuggled cell phones or components on death row, supposedly the most secure part of the prison system, since a statewide lockdown ended on Nov. 12.

During the lockdown, prison officials found 16 cell phones, chargers and SIM cards on death row - among 143 smuggled phones found altogether in Texas prisons.

Authorities are investigating how so many phones got into Texas prisons, especially onto death row.

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