Bond set for wife of deceased Jackson Co. inmate

Jessica Mitchell (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Jessica Mitchell (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Steven Mitchell (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Steven Mitchell (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Steven William Reed (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Steven William Reed (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)

JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Bond has been set for the wife of a Jackson County inmate that escaped jail and later died in a police chase.

Jessica Dawn Mitchell was extradited back to Newport from West Plains where she was being held. She is charged with first degree escape, hindering apprehension and assisting in or furnishing articles or implement for escape.

Those charges are in connection with the escapeof her husband Steven Mitchell and Steven Reed on July 29from the Jackson County Jail.

On Monday, bond for Jessica Mitchell was set at $200,000. She will appear in court again on September 19.

Howell County authorities say Steven Mitchell died after wrecking his vehicle in the midst of a second police chase on July 30.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mitchell was being chased by police on Route T near Mountain View, Missouri. Officers say Mitchell ran off the road and hit a tree. The vehicle then caught fire with Mitchell trapped inside, according to the crash report. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Before the crash, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office was told that Steven Mitchell's wife, Jessica Mitchell, was arrested in Mountain View.

According to Sheriff David Lucas, Steven William Reed, the second escaped inmate, was arrested in Independence County.

In a news release, Sheriff Lucas told Region 8 News Reed is now back at the Jackson County Detention Center. He appeared before a judge and was charged with felony first degree escape which carries a sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison, plus a fine of up to $20,000.

Reed is scheduled to appear in court again on August 7. His bond has been set at one million dollars.

Steven Mitchell and Steven William Reed were discovered missing from the Jackson County Detention Center after Sheriff Lucas said they broke through the ceiling, and went through the roof.

Steven William Reed was awaiting transport to the Arkansas Department of Correction for a parole violation. He also has charges of felony fleeing and criminal mischief.

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