The Latest: Suspect in sheriff’s death found hiding in woods
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The latest on the escape of a Georgia prisoner charged in the death of a rural sheriff (all times local):
Authorities say an escaped prisoner charged with killing a Georgia sheriff was trying to hide by lying under brush in the woods when he was recaptured.
Maj. Keith Golden of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Jim Edward Lowery was found in dense woods about 300 yards from where he escaped outside the jail Tuesday morning.
Lowery is charged with felony murder in the June death of Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor, who crashed during a high-speed chase in which authorities say Lowery fired gunshots at pursuing deputies.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Lowery was being transferred in a patrol car to the Laurens County jail, about 100 miles west of Savannah, on Tuesday when he slipped out of his leg shackles and smashed a window to escape.
A man charged with killing a Georgia sheriff is back in custody hours after he slipped out of his leg shackles and escaped while being transferred between jails.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Jim Edward Lowery was recaptured late Tuesday more than 10 hours after he escaped a patrol car through a smashed window outside the Laurens County jail, about 100 miles west of Savannah.
GBI spokesman Scott Dutton says Lowery was apprehended without incident. The prisoner is charged with felony murder in the June 16 death of Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor, who crashed his patrol truck during a high-speed pursuit involving Lowery.
More than 100 law enforcement officers using dogs and helicopters hunted Tuesday for Lowery until he was spotted from the air after dark