Texas death row inmate escapes from Houston jail
The Associated Press
HOUSTON- A death row inmate escaped from a county jail after he obtained civilian clothing and a fake ID badge, authorities said.
"He had changed out of the orange jumpsuit that inmates ordinarily wear," Harris County sheriff's Lt. John Martin said in the online edition of the Houston Chronicle. "He may have been taken out of the cell block and put in the attorney booth in the guise of having an attorney visit."
Thompson had an ID card suggesting he worked for the Texas Attorney General's office.
"It was convincing enough that the deputy let him out of the facility," Martin said.
Thompson remained at large Friday and investigators were questioning jail employees.
Thompson was to be returned to the state prison system within 45 days, according to Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals had ordered the new sentencing hearing. A new jury sentenced Thompson Oct. 28 to death.
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