Fugitive couple returns to Tenn in shooting death of guard
|Fugitive couple returns to Tenn in shooting death of guard By DUNCAN MANSFIELD |
Associated Press Writer
U.S. marshals brought prison inmate George Hyatte and his wife, Jennifer, to Tennessee from Columbus, Ohio. They had been held there since their arrest Aug. 10, a day and a half after authorities said Jennifer Hyatte fatally wounded a guard while helping her husband escape. George Hyatte had been at the courthouse for a hearing.
Later in the day, the couple were to appear at a hearing at the Roane County Courthouse, where the escape happened.
The wife arrived at the county jail first in a van a little before 2 p.m. About 20 uniformed officers stood guard around the jail. A few minutes later her husband arrived in a separate van.
Authorities accuse Jennifer Hyatte, a former prison nurse, of using a gun to ambush guards who were transporting her husband. Corrections officer Wayne "Cotton" Morgan, 56, was killed and Jennifer Hyatte was shot in the leg by a guard.
The Hyattes were captured late the next day at a budget motel in Columbus after the cabbie who drove them to the city called police.
George Hyatte has a long criminal record of robberies, assault and escape. Jennifer Hyatte had been fired from her prison job because of her relationship with Hyatte, whom she married this year.
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