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SC fugitive remains in jail with $750,000 bond

Jason Mark Carter, 39, a South Carolina fugitive from justice who escaped from a mental health hospital in Columbia, S.C. earlier this month, remains in the Williamson County jail today with a bond of $750,000.
Fugitive Jason Mark Carter was apprehended in Fairview.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Fidencio Medina, who responded to a BOLO alert issued for Carter, apprehended him at the Fairview Inn on Jan. 3. 
The alert included his photograph and description of the vehicle, a Chevrolet Lumina with a South Carolina license plate. South Carolina authorities learned that Carter had stolen a van from the facility and purchased a cell phone, which they were able to ping to track Carter’s general location.
Medina initially located a car that matched the description of one that Carter allegedly purchased in South Carolina.  
He had been a patient of the G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital, according to reports from The State newspaper in S.C. 
Carter was institutionalized after a South Carolina judge reportedly found him to be mentally incompetent to stand trial for the 2006 murder of his mother and stepfather in Oconee County, S.C.
In Williamson County, General Sessions Judge Denise Andre made a notation in Carter’s file recently explaining her decision to increase his bond from the original $75,000 to $750,000 with the following handwritten notation:
“No showing of any ties to the community, family or otherwise. No showing of any employment or residence. Court determines Defendant to be a flight risk and danger to the community. Criminal history is also a factor. Therefore bond is increased to $750,000.”
Carter’s case, according to his file, is scheduled for a status check by the court on Jan. 29.
At this point, he has not waived his right to extradition, according to court records. 
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has jurisdiction over the case.

Posted on: 1/16/2014


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