- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) - One of two capital murder suspects who dug a hole through a brick wall to escape Thursday morning from the Hinds County Detention Center was recaptured later in the day.

Sheriff Victor Mason said 19-year-old Gerome Montreal Moore was caught Thursday afternoon at a house in Jackson. Mason said 29-year-old Malcolm Jamal Landfair remained on the run from authorities late Thursday.

“The guy knocked a hole in the wall and got out,” Mason told WAPT-TV.

Mason said that Moore and Landfair were last seen during a 4 a.m. Thursday headcount. They were discovered missing shortly afterward.

“They must have done it after the first check. We had one person working in that block at that time,” Mason said.

A cellphone was found in a field near the jail in Raymond, Mason said. The sheriff said he believes someone helped with the escape by picking up the men.

Moore escaped from another Hinds County jail in downtown Jackson in April 2015. He and two other inmates set a fire to break a window and then climbed down using bedsheets. Moore was captured nearby and was convicted for the escape May 17. Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill on Tuesday sentenced him to 5 years in prison on the charge.

“I don’t know what’s going on with him or the jail or why he’s able to get out,” Moore’s lawyer, Aafram Sellers, told The Clarion-Ledger Thursday morning. He said he hadn’t been contacted by his client.

Four prisoners, including a murder suspect, escaped from the same jail last year. The facility has a history of problems with staffing and physical conditions, which led to a U.S. Justice Department investigation. A settlement between federal officials and the county in that matter was announced Thursday.

Moore is accused of shooting and killing a woman named Carolyn Temple during an attempted robbery in January 2015 outside her boyfriend’s home in Jackson’s Belhaven neighborhood. Moore’s murder trial is set for Aug. 8. He is also indicted for an unrelated carjacking and for arson in connection with the jail fire.

Landfair is indicted on charges that he killed Christopher Catchings outside a Jackson apartment complex in May 2015. He’s also charged with robbery and being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon as part of the same incident. Landfair’s trial is set for July 5.



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