A man accused of murdering 3 people in Guntersville while out on parole was discovered to have potentially dangerous contraband when he arrived at the Marshall County Jail this week.

Jimmy Spencer had a shank, Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims told WAAY 31.

Spencer was in the Marshall County Courthouse on Tuesday for a hearing that set a trial date for those murder charges.

Sims said new technology at his jail led to the shank being found and confiscated.

“He had it hid very well, and our body scanner was able to pick it up and we were able to find it,” Sims said.

This week, the sheriff’s office drove to Montgomery to pick up Spencer at Kilby Prison and bring him to Marshall County for his hearing.

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