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Escaped inmate to return to Texas

Convicted murderer waives extradition

November 8, 2005

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— A condemned double-murderer who escaped from jail by walking out in street clothes and was captured three days later while drunk and talking on a pay phone in Louisiana waived his extradition hearing Monday and will be returned to Texas.

Charles Victor Thompson, who was taken into custody Sunday night, made a video court appearance before state District Judge Ramona Emanuel in Shreveport on Monday. Authorities said he would be sent to Houston when the paperwork was completed.

"I don't want to waste the taxpayers' money in Louisiana," Thompson said as he waived extradition.

Thompson escaped from the Harris County Jail on Thursday, using smuggled clothes and a fake identification badge to get past guards. His escape resulted from "multiple errors" by jail personnel, Harris County Sheriff's Lt. John Martin has said.

When he was arrested about 8 p.m. Sunday, Thompson appeared to be intoxicated, officials said. When an officer asked Thompson his name, he replied, "You know who I am." He then identified himself as Charles Thompson, Martin said.

Thompson, 35, was convicted in 1999 for the shooting deaths a year earlier of his ex-girlfriend, Dennise Hayslip, 39, of Tomball, and her new boyfriend, Darren Keith Cain, 30, of nearby Spring.

He was sentenced to death Oct. 28 and was being held in the county jail until he could be transferred to a prison in Livingston.

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