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Jones County inmate captured, 2 in custody

William Marshall/Photo credit: JCSD William Marshall/Photo credit: JCSD
James Marshall/Photo credit: JCSD James Marshall/Photo credit: JCSD
Stephanie Redden/Photo credit: JCSD Stephanie Redden/Photo credit: JCSD

A Jones County inmate, who walked off work detail, is now in custody after he was captured by authorities, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.

William Marshall, 46 of Laurel, was arrested and charged with felony fleeing. Marshall made his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court Wednesday afternoon where Judge Billie graham set his bond at $25,000 cash only. 

Two other people were also taken into custody for aiding in Marshall’s escape. Stephanie Redden, 41 of Hattiesburg, and James Marshall, 43 of Hattiesburg were arrested and charged with aiding in the escape of a felon. They also made their initial appearances in court Wednesday, and their bonds were set at $10,000 each. 

William Marshall walked off trustee work detail at Merchants Park in Ellisville early Tuesday morning.

He is an inmate of the Jones County Adult Detention Center, according to a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

After William Marshall left work detail, the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force out of Hattiesburg began an extensive search for him. 

According to the press release, authorities were notified that William Marshall had possible accomplices, which were Redden and James Marshall.

This information led U.S. Marshalls to a home in the Hub City where they found the accomplices Tuesday afternoon and took them into custody.

As the investigation continued, authorities believed William Marshall was in a wooded area near Hwy 588 and was waiting to be picked up by Redden and his brother after dark, according to the press release. 

After authorities talked to citizens with reported sightings, they waited inside an unmarked car and went to the area where William Marshall was believed to be waiting, according to the press release.

When William Marshall came to the car, he thought it was his "getaway" ride. Instead, he had been duped and he was was taken into custody.

The JCSD is still aggressively investigating for additional accomplices. If any are found, they will be taken into custody and charged. 

William Marshall has no history of escaping. He was originally arrested for drug possession by the Laurel Police Department. 

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