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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Accused Killer Incompetent to Stand Trial But Competent Enough to Escape Custody

     A man accused of killing his mother and stepfather, whose plastic-wrapped bodies police found inside a locked basement room in South Carolina in 2006, escaped on Thursday [January 2, 2014] from a psychiatric hospital….Police were unsure how 39-year-old Jason Carter escaped from the Columbia hospital where he was committed after being found incompetent to stand trial in the killings….Carter was working at a supply business on the hospital's campus some 115 miles northwest of Charleston….[The day after his escape, Carter was arrested by officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was driving a stolen vehicle.]

Eric M. Johnson, Reuters, January 3, 2014

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