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Jailer might have helped Bowie County inmate escape

From Staff Reports
July 17, 2012 at 10:40 a.m.

Officials said Tuesday they believe a jailer might have helped a Bowie County Jail inmate escape.

Marques Tervon Franklin, 18, was again taken into custody Saturday afternoon after escaping that morning.

Officials said he escaped between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. from the jail on West Front Street in Texarkana. Franklin's shirt was found in a nearby alley.

Bowie County investigators received information that Franklin was at a Wake Village residence where Lt. Jerl Palmore and Investigator Robby McCarver found him later.

Franklin ran out the back door of the residence when he saw the officers and jumped a fence. Officials from several agencies caught Franklin.

Officials believe a jailer left the front entrance unlocked while Franklin was cleaning the front lobby and that the jailer told Franklin how to avoid guards along the perimeter fence. Franklin had been a trustee at the jail and did janitorial duties as part of his assignments.

Officials think someone else picked up Franklin after he escaped.

Franklin was being held pending charges of two counts of robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, two counts of evading arrest, and failure to identify. His bonds totaled $111,000.



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