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Man accused of murder found injured in Parke Co. jail

Friday, December 16, 2005

- Cottrell tried to cut own throat, sheriff says.

Around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, jailers became suspicious when they discovered Chad Allan Cottrell with a blanket covering his head.

Parke County Sheriff Charles Bollinger said Cottrell responded to jailers by saying, "I hurt myself."

Cottrell had attempted to cut his throat and block jailers' view by covering it with a blanket, the sheriff said.

Bollinger said the cut was not life-threatening, but he did receive medical assistance.

"He was treated for his injury, and he's still here (in jail). We caught him before anything serious happened," Bollinger said.

Since Cottrell is a maximum security prisoner, "There are always cameras on him," Bollinger said. "He is constantly watched and monitored by staff 24/7. There's nothing he does that we don't know about."

Cottrell is being held in the Parke County Jail on the charges of murdering his wife, Trisha Cottrell, 29, and her daughters, Brittany Williams, 12, and Victoria Willams, 10, in the Cottrells' rural Rockville home.

Cottrell has a court appearance on Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. to seek a protective order to prevent state representatives discussing issues of the case with Cottrell without the presence of an attorney.



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