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Kingman inmate's wife may have hidden handcuff keys under courtroom chair

Kingman inmate's wife may have hidden handcuff keys under courtroom chair

KINGMAN (AP) - Investigators in northwest Arizona believe the wife of a jail escapee played a key role. Mohave County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Trish Carter said receipts seized from Ashley Morrison's apartment show she purchased four sets of handcuff keys online Nov. 28.

Investigators think Morrison, 24, wife of Darren Morrison, 26, hid handcuff keys under chairs in the Mohave County Superior Courtroom one month prior to her husband's escape. The Bullhead City man was able to free himself from shackles and handcuffs while he was being transported last week.

While going over jail conversations between the couple, detectives noted one particular communication where Morrison told his wife to place "the gift under the right side of the seat." That coded conversation took place Dec. 12.

Security searched courtrooms Wednesday and three sets of handcuff keys were found between the cushions and armrest of multiple chairs in the jury box. The Sheriff's Office says defendants will often sit in the jury box for hearings when a jury is not present.

Darren Morrison was caught Monday in a wash area south of Interstate 40. He's been booked back into the county jail.

Ashley Morrison has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit escape.

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