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Escapees face more charges
by Steve Beavers
Jun 24, 2014 | 15 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New charges have been filed against two inmates who escaped from the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility on Sunday.

Murder suspect Sirdon Capanion Greer, 28, and rape suspect Garnett Denzell Hughes, 25, have both been charged with felony jail escape and assault on a correctional officer.

Several agencies combined to take the two back into custody following their afternoon escape over the weekend.

Hughes, incarcerated at the correctional facility on two counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery, overpowered a security guard to start the escape plans.

"While being returned from his exercise time, he overpowered the guard and took his keys and radio," said Alcorn County Sheriff's Department Investigator Reggie Anderson. "Once he had the keys, he opened Greer's cell and let him out."

Both inmates were being housed in the segregated portion of the facility prior to the escape. Segregation means one inmate per cell.

"Things have now been upgraded," said Roger Settlemires, security chief of the facility. "Two guards will be with each inmate all the time and their hands and ankles will be handcuffed."

Hughes and Greer escaped the facility around 2:40 p.m. Greer was apprehended about 15 minutes later on Norman Road.

Hughes, of Belzoni, was free for almost six hours before being found off County Road 402 near James Newcomb Trucking at 8:15 p.m., according to Anderson.

Anderson said Hughes sustained a few brier scratches during the escape.

"Due to the seriousness of the crimes, it was important to get them back in custody as soon as possible," said Anderson. "We do everything in our power to quickly take them back into custody when there is an escape."

Greer has been housed at the jail and faces charges on two counts of first degree murder and one count of arson after being arrested for allegedly fatally shooting brothers James and Jerry Copeland and setting their home on fire.

Greer's bond was set at $1.2 million.

He awaits trial for the deaths of the two Copelands on Feb. 13. Their bodies were found by Corinth firemen after extinguishing the blaze at the home the brothers shared at 912 Second Street. Firemen responded to the blaze around 12:30 a.m. Both bodies were discovered in the back of the home.

Greer is believed to have shot both Copelands in the head with a .410 shotgun, then using accelerant found in the house to start the fire.

Hughes was arrested Aug. 25, 2013 after the 12-year-old daughter of a rape victim at a Beechwood Circle residence called 911 while the man was there. Officers apprehended the man after he escaped out a back window.

DNA evidence also linked Hughes to a rape charge involving a woman at Crossroads Regional Park last August.

The park rape happened on the night of Aug. 15 when two friends at the park were approached by a young man with a gun. He had the man and woman lie facedown on the ground and then had them move to an area away from the lights before committing the rape of the woman.
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