Escaped Arkansas Murder Suspect Back in Custody

February 26, 2006 - Posted at 1:19 p.m. CST


_ An accused murderer who escaped from the

Van Buren County Jail is back in custody.

Van Buren County sheriff's deputy Ted Jones says 49-year-old

William Callahan was arrested this morning in the town of Leslie.

Jones says Callahan was on foot when he was arrested without

incident at about 5 a.m. by deputies from Van Buren and Searcy

counties and by state police. Jones says Callahan is back in the

Van Buren County Jail.

Jones says investigators correctly believed that Callahan, who

is from Marshall, would try to go to the Leslie area.

Callahan and 23-year-old Billy J. McFarland of Clinton escaped

early Saturday. McFarland was picked up a short time after the


Authorities were particularly worried about Callahan being on

the loose. Callahan is charged with capital murder for the December

First slaying of a 49-year-old former laborer in a dispute over a

disability check.

Officials say the escapees got through an air duct at the jail.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)