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Man Who Ran Out Of Courtroom in Harrisburg Is Recaptured

May 02, 2006 - Posted at 10:30 a.m. CDT

Harrisburg, AR -- A burglary suspect ran out of a courtroom at the Poinsett County jail yesterday and escaped into the woods, but he was recaptured a short time later.

At about 4 p.m., a judge was finishing a series of hearings when Daryl Wayne Watlington walked from the jury box, where he was sitting, to an area near where a defense lawyer was seated.

Instead of talking with the lawyer, Watlington jumped the 3-foot guardrail and ran out the courtroom door.

From there, Watlington ran out the front door of the jail and into the nearby woods.

He was caught about two hours later.

Poinsett County Sheriff Larry Mills says there were too many prisoners in the courtroom yesterday and that from now on, they'll have two bailiffs and fewer prisoners at one time.

He said the 20-year-old suspect was arrested by deputies Sunday on suspicion of theft of property, breaking or entering, and fleeing. 

He could face additional charges.

(Copyright 2006 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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