AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A tip about a Texas death row inmate's photo online led investigators to determine he took the snapshot with a smuggled cell phone and sent it via the Internet.
John Moriarty with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says the case of Joshua Maxwell underscores the need to allow phone jammers in prison.
Moriarty says if an inmate has a phone, the prisoner could have Internet access "but this confirms it, if there was any doubt."
Maxwell was condemned for the 2000 abduction and slaying of off-duty Bexar County sheriff's Sgt. Rudy Lopes II. A cell phone was confiscated from Maxwell in 2008.
The Austin American-Statesman reports TDCJ on Monday received a tip about Maxwell's photo on an "inmate correspondence Web site."
The photo was removed late Tuesday. TDCJ declined to reveal the name of the site.
Smuggled phone used to post Texas inmate photo
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