A man who was about to be incarcerated in the Jackson County Correctional Facility late Tuesday afternoon, July 3, fled from the courthouse, but thought better of it later and turned himself in to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office more than 12 hours later.
Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier told The Telegram that the short-term fugitive, William Charles Boyd, 46, of Jackson, fled from custody late Tuesday afternoon after a proceeding in Jackson County Common Pleas Court. The sheriff said Boyd had been arrested with violating his parole, but was also arrested because of an outstanding warrant. Boyd had come to court on his own for a pre-trial hearing on a tampering with evidence charge, which is a third-degree felony.
According to a Jackson County Common Pleas Court spokeswoman, when Boyd came into the courthouse for his hearing, he was arrested by the court's Adult Parole Authority officers for a parole violation and he was handcuffed and considered in custody at that point. Boyd then chose to make a plea in his case on the tampering with evidence charge and Judge Christopher Regan sentenced him to a prison term of 12 months.
After the court proceedings were completed, Boyd and other prisoners were then taken by Jackson County Sheriff's Office corrections officers to the nearby Jackson County Correctional Facility (JCCF). Since Boyd had just been arrested, he was handcuffed, but not shackled like the other inmates. While the prisoners were being escorted to JCCF -- which is just behind the courthouse -- Boyd suddenly took off running.
An immediate search ensued and law enforcement officers from several agencies searched the area and tracked Boyd to the area along Salt Lick Creek just north of the courthouse. Boyd was not immediately located, and at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff's office put out a Nixle message alerting the public that Boyd had escaped custody, giving his description and stating he was being sought. With the fireworks going on in Jackson on Tuesday night, Sheriff Frazier said authorities figured there was a greater chance somebody might see Boyd and report his whereabouts.
Frazier noted that Boyd showed up on his own at the sheriff's office at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 and turned himself in while still wearing the handcuffs. Frazier stated that in addition to Boyd's previous criminal issues, he could also now face a charge of escape, which could be of the felony level.