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Archive for Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Police hunt for escaped murder suspects

January 17, 2006

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— Police in Alabama and Georgia searched Monday for two murder suspects who fled from an overcrowded jail after overpowering guards, wounding one with a makeshift knife, authorities said.

Searchers used tracking dogs in the hunt for Johnny Earl Jones, 17, who was charged with killing a child he was baby-sitting for, and Lamar Benton, 19, charged in the rape-slaying of a 39-year-old woman.

They escaped early Saturday from Russell County Jail in Phenix City. A third murder suspect got out with them but was quickly recaptured by officers.

The three men attacked two guards, then went to the front of the jail, where they knocked down another officer, took her keys and escaped, Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell said.

One guard, Matthew Waldrup, was stabbed 15 times.

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