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Man indicted for helping jail escapees
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The man who helped harbor three jail escapees from Bedford County has been indicted on accessory charges.
The suspect, Zachary Turner, 25, has been indicted on the charge of accessory after the fact to jail escape.
His charges come after two of three jail escapees from Shelbyville were found hiding in his trailer at Cherry Springs near the Warren-Cannon County line. A third escapee had been given a ride to a Murfreesboro hotel where he was later caught. All three were taken into custody without problem. None of them were considered dangerous, all said to be small-time criminals.
The three, including John Lovvorn, James Lynch and Allen Harris, escaped late last year from Bedford County Jail 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 jail and made arrangements with someone on the outside to pick them up.
In the warrant against Turner, lawmen do not claim he was part of the jail break, but instead maintain he helped them out by giving them refuge and providing them with a change of clothing.