- The Washington Times - Monday, November 7, 2005

HOUSTON (AP) — 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 yesterday 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, La. 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, said Lt. John Martin of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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, Lt. 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 Spring.

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

When he was arrested, he had a bicycle, but Lt. Martin said it was not clear how he got to Shreveport, which is about 200 miles northeast of Houston. Authorities did not know with whom he was talking on the phone.

On Thursday afternoon, Thompson was taken to a room in the jail for a meeting with his attorney. The visitor, however, was not Thompson’s attorney of record, although investigators have determined the other person was a lawyer, Lt. Martin said. His name has not been released because he is considered a witness.

After the lawyer left, Thompson was alone in the room. He managed to remove his handcuffs and his bright-orange prison jumpsuit and put on a dark-blue shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes. Authorities think those were the clothes Thompson wore during his sentencing and say he somehow smuggled them back to his cell.

Wearing his new outfit, Thompson left the prisoner’s booth in the visiting room and waved a fake ID badge that was not scrutinized as he passed at least four jail employees at work stations. Thompson eventually was let into the jail’s visitors’ lobby, and from there he walked out of the building and into the street.

“There’s no way Chuck had the brain power for this,” said John Donaghy, whose sister Thompson was convicted of killing. “He’s not the sharpest pencil in the box.”

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