- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - The latest on the escape of a Georgia prisoner charged in the death of a rural sheriff (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

Authorities say they have recaptured a Georgia prisoner who escaped as he was being transferred to a different jail to await trial in the death of a rural sheriff.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton confirmed late Tuesday that Jim Edward Lowery was back in custody hours after he fled outside the Laurens County jail, about 100 miles west of Savannah.

Lowery is charged with felony murder in the June 16 death of Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor, who crashed his patrol truck while Lowery led officers on a high-speed chase.

The GBI says Lowery was being transferred between jails in a patrol car Tuesday when he slipped out of his leg shackles and used them to smash a window, then escaped through the broken glass.

7 p.m.

Authorities say a Georgia prisoner charged in the death of a rural sheriff escaped while being transferred to a different jail by slipping out of his leg shackles and using them to smash a patrol car window.

About 100 sheriff’s deputies and other law officers were still searching Tuesday evening for Jim Edward Lowery in Laurens County, about 50 miles east of Macon. Lowery is charged with felony murder in the June death of Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor, who crashed his patrol truck during a chase in which Lowery is accused of shooting at deputies.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Tuesday evening that Lowery escaped through a broken window of the patrol car. Deputies later found his handcuffs left in a roadway.

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2:55 p.m.

Authorities in Georgia are looking for an escaped prisoner charged with killing a rural county’s sheriff over the summer.

Agent Lindsey Giddens of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Jim Edward Lowery escaped from deputies Tuesday morning at the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, about 50 miles east of Macon.

Lowery is charged with felony murder in the June death of Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor. Authorities say the sheriff died in a crash while pursuing Lowery, who is accused of firing gunshots at deputies during the chase.

Giddens says Lowery was being transported Tuesday from the jail in neighboring Treutlen County to Laurens County, where he escaped. No other details on the escape or the manhunt were immediately available.

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