- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An Oconee County man has been returned to South Carolina after his arrest in Tennessee.

Jason Mark Carter escaped from a South Carolina Department of Mental Health facility Jan. 2, The State newspaper (https://bit.ly/1mvcoSV) reported. Carter was found the next day near Nashville, Tenn.

State Law Enforcement Division agents picked him up last week.

Carter was arraigned on grand larceny charge. Officials said he stole a state van when he escaped, bought a car and drove to Tennessee.

Officials said Carter was part of a patient work crew at the time of his escape.

He was being held by the Mental Health Department after the deaths of his mother and stepfather in Seneca in 2006. A judge found Carter not guilty by reason of insanity in 2009.

Carter is housed in the agency’s secure forensic hospital, said Mark Binkley, deputy director for administration at the mental health department.

An internal review identified several “systems issues” that contributed to Carter’s ability to leave hospital grounds and those issues are being addressed, Binkley said.

One employee was disciplined, he said.

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Information from: The State, https://www.thestate.com


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