Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A timeout from Politics: Montezuma Man escapes Macon County Jail.

This went largely unnotices until Sunday.

Twenty-two year old Cordalero L. Collier of Montezuma, accused of stabbing 19-year-old Shanika Walker to death last August during an domestic incident, and allegedly stabbing her sister, Sharrinda Ogburn, 23, (who I knew from high school) reported to have been seven months pregnat at the time, is on the run from the Macon County Jail.

According to reports from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Collier is around 5-foot-10 and is 148 pounds. He was charged with murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

In a statement issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations the search for the escaped Macon County jail inmate has been broadened. Assistant agent in Charge, Trebor Randle, GBI, Americus, stated in an interview with WMAZ 13-TV that “the agency isn’t focusing their search on a specific area and they’re still following leads.”

As of press time on Sunday, there was no sign of how or when that Collier escaped, according to Randle.

Saturday visits for inmates and their families at the Macon County jail were not allowed, though families were allowed to leave money and other goods for their inmates.

Collier, as of last year after the incident occurred, was charged then, according to Eric R. Finch, Montezuma Police Chief, with malice murder, felony murder, and two counts of aggravated assault. He surrendered himself to authorities from a hide out in Marshallville at that time. Also charged at that time in the investigation was Edward Rashad Harris, 21, with hindering the apprehension of a criminal and making a false statement.

As for Collier’s escape, no arrests have been made, though the investigation and search are continuing.

My question is how on earth did he managed to escape? This had to be an inside job. In a small town like this, you would have think someone would have noticed, especially with a bright-orange jump suit on. This will not look good for Sherriff Charles Cannon, who I know personally. He is a very nice guy, having been sherriff since 1977.

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