Escaped Ga. sheriff killer found hiding in woods

The inmate slipped out of his leg shackles and smashed a window to escape


Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. — 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.

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