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Jail escapees caught near Centertown
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Three escapees from Bedford County Jail are back behind bars after two of the fugitives were found hiding Friday morning in a trailer near Centertown.
Two of the inmates who escaped the Shelbyville jail on Thursday, John Lovvorn, 20, and James Lynch, 22, were both captured hiding at a trailer on Cherry Springs Road near the Warren-Cannon County line around 3 a.m. Friday. The third escapee, Allen Harris, 34, was captured hiding at a motel in Murfreesboro.
With their capture, two local residents now face charges of being accessories after the fact to their escape. Charged with the crime are Zachary Turner and Candace Nichole Moss.
According to Sheriff Jackie Matheny, it is believed Turner provided the men lodging in the trailer where they were captured on Cherry Springs Road and that Moss gave Harris a ride to the motel in Murfreesboro. It is still under investigation whether the pair actually aided in their escape from the Bedford County facility.
The three escaped Thursday morning as one of them was taking out the trash. Lawmen there believe someone placed a piece of cardboard over the lock and the inmates used a screwdriver to pop open the gate. The inmates then made a hole in a chain-link security fence and met up with someone on the outside. Investigators believe one of the men had a contraband cellphone in his cell and made arrangements with someone on the outside to pick them up.
While executing a carefully planned escape, none of the three were believed to be danger as Lynch was in jail on drug charges, Harris for failure to appear in court, and Lovvorn for burglary.
“They gave up without any trouble,” said Matheny, noting officers from Warren and Cannon counties surrounded the trailer after receiving word the escapees were hiding there.