Man accused in South Carolina double murder escapes facility

Fri Jan 3, 2014 3:22pm EST

Jason Carter is pictured in this undated booking photo courtesy of Oconee County Sheriff's Office. REUTERS/Oconee County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters

Jason Carter is pictured in this undated booking photo courtesy of Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

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(Reuters) - 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 from a psychiatric hospital, authorities said.

Police were unsure how 39-year-old Jason Carter escaped from the Columbia hospital, where he was committed after being found not guilty by reason of insanity, Oconee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Watt said.

He added that Carter may be traveling in a stolen white van.

Carter was working at a supply business on the hospital's campus some 115 miles northwest of Charleston in the southern U.S. state, CNN affiliate WISTV reported, citing local law enforcement.

Eight years ago, police officers "found the bodies of Kevin and Debra Ann Perkins inside a locked room in the basement with Carter inside with the victims," Watt said.

A defense attorney said during the trial that Carter had no recollection of committing the murders, WISTV reported, adding investigators had discovered the bodies wrapped in plastic bags in the basement.

Carter fled the 370-bed G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital that treats community patients as well as those involuntarily committed by the courts, the Herald newspaper reported.

(In second paragraph, sheriff's office corrects to say Carter found not guilty by reason of insanity, not incompetent to stand trial)

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson)

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Jay_Hanig wrote:

Jan 03, 2014 6:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:
He wasn’t in prison because he’s sick not really a criminal, so I guess the victims aren’t really dead, they’re just in a really deep sleep. Our society has lost its mind. Why is the man still alive?

Jan 03, 2014 9:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
cigarguy wrote:
Muahahahaha they let him escape so they can stop and frisk 20-30 year old white males in south carolina …and shoot them if they lip off…duh

Jan 03, 2014 4:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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