Wayne DuMond Found Dead in Missouri Prison

AUGUST 31, 2005 - Posted at 2:17 p.m. CDT

FORREST CITY, AR - Wayne DuMond, who was paroled from a rape sentence in Arkansas and was later convicted of murder in Missouri, has been found dead in his jail cell.

DuMond was castrated while awaiting trial for the 1984 rape of Ashley Stephens of Forrest City.  He was initially sentenced to life in prison.  But in 1992 then-Governor Jim Guy Tucker commuted the sentence to 39 years and six months, making DuMond eligible for parole.

After his release in 1999, DuMond moved to the Kansas City area, where he was convicted of killing a woman in her Kansas City apartment.

Yesterday, DuMond lost an appeal in that case.  DuMond was 55.

A Missouri prisons spokesman says DuMond was found dead in his cell this morning.  Officials say DuMond had been diagnosed two months ago with throat cancer and that his death appears to have been natural.

Shortly after taking office in 1996, Governor Huckabee said he intended to reduce DuMond's sentence to time served, about eleven years at the time.  The governor ended up rejecting DuMond's parole request, which would have freed DuMond without convictions.  But Huckabee signed the decision just moments after the state parole board granted DuMond a parole on condition that another state take him.

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