- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 6, 2005

HOUSTON (AP) — A death-row inmate who slipped out of a Texas jail wearing street clothes was captured yesterday in Shreveport, La., the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Marianne Matus, a Marshals spokeswoman in Houston, confirmed that convicted killer Charles Victor Thompson was in custody.

No details about how authorities found him were released immediately, but Miss Matus had said earlier in the day that they had received valuable tips about his possible whereabouts. A $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to his capture.

Thompson, 35, had been convicted in 1999 for the shooting deaths a year earlier of his ex-girlfriend, Dennise Hayslip, and her new boyfriend, Darren Keith Cain. An appeals court threw out his sentence, but on Oct. 28, another jury sentenced him to death.

On Thursday, he was in the Harris County Jail awaiting transfer to a state prison when he was taken to a room for a meeting with an attorney, authorities said.

After the attorney left, Thompson somehow removed his handcuffs, changed out of his bright orange prison jumpsuit into the clothes he wore during his sentencing, and got out of the prisoner’s booth in the visiting room, authorities said.

Using a falsified identification badge, he got past at least four jail employees and walked out of the building. Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. John Martin said Friday that Thompson’s escape resulted from “multiple errors” by jail personnel.

Prosecutors earlier had accused Thompson of trying to hire hit men to kill witnesses against him, as well as members of Miss Hayslip’s family.



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