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Dunklin County -- Heather Flanigan

Women Tortured in Home, Arrests Made

June 7, 2004 -- Posted at 4:02 p.m.

DUNKLIN COUNTY -- The Southeast Missouri community of Campbell seems to have more than it's fair share of unusual crimes. It was just last December when a Campbell woman was abducted, her throat slit and she was left for dead in Southwest Missouri.

Now police have arrested two men in connection with a vicious crime that happened last week.  It's a crime that sends shockwaves through a small community.

Chief Weldon Wallace of the Campbell Police Department told what happened to the women.

"About 1:30 in the morning, two masked men broke into these ladies house and tied them up and handcuffed them. They were locked in a bathroom, stripped naked and put in a bathtub and tortured with a stun gun basically," said Chief Wallace.

Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Sokoloff said, "They were barricaded in the bathroom, they had left them in there. The only way they were able to get out was by kicking through some drywall to make their escape, cause they blocked the door."

The two women were able to identify the intruders and police arrested two men later that same day....David Fry, 37, and Kevin Mallett, 42, both of Malden.

Fry and Mallett were both housed at the Campbell Jail before they were charged with ten felony counts, including two counts of assault and kidnapping.  They were also charged with 2 counts of armed criminal action; 2 counts of robbery, first degree; 1 count of burglary, first degree and 1 count of tampering, first degree....and while it's not yet clear, police officals say that robbery appears to be the motive.

"You don't like to think that nothing like that would go on here, but it does, and of course it's goes on everywhere," said Chief Wallace.

If convicted, Fry and Mallett would both face serious jail time.

"They would face four life sentences, plus 82 years.  That would be the maxium they would fac," said Sokoloff.

Fry and Mallet are currently being held in the Dunklin County Jail without bail.

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