Inquest into suicide in county jail will be held publicly

The Coroner’s Inquest into the matter of the death of Larry Kincheloe has been scheduled for June 11, at 9 a.m. in the courtroom at the Howard County Courthouse.

(Kincheloe, 49, of Mokane, Mo., hanged himself in the Howard County Jail on May 18 and then died the next day. The Missouri court website indicates that “Larry D. Kincheloe” pleaded guilty to stealing [less than $500] in Callaway County in January 2014. In 2005 in Randolph County, Kincheloe pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute. For that crime he was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections.)

It has been the policy of the Howard County Coroner to order an inquest anytime someone dies while in custody of law enforcement. Under these circumstances, I believe that it is imperative that all events that may have contributed to the death be open to the public. The last Coroner’s Inquest in Howard County was on June 26, 2001 following the death of an individual in the Howard County Jail.

A Coroner’s Inquest is an inquiry into the manner and cause of an individual’s death, and is conducted by the Coroner with a court reporter and six jurors present. All information and testimony at the inquest is recorded. The inquest is open to the public and anyone may attend.

Frank Flaspohler
Howard County Coroner

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