Bowie County guard accused of helping inmate escape

Kelsey Jamell Williams
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 1:37pm

A Bowie County Correctional Center guard is under arrest after he allegedly helped an inmate escape on July 14.

According to the Bowie County Sheriff's Office, Kelsey Jamell Williams, 19, of Texarkana, "dummy locked" the front metal gate located just beyond the lobby where the prisoner, Marquis Franklin, 18, of Texarkana, was working. Williams then allegedly told Franklin where the perimeter guard was standing, so he could get out while not being seen.

              Marquis Franklin   

An investigation revealed probable cause to believe that Williams did know Franklin was planning an escape and did tell him the location of the perimeter guard, so that Franklin could avoid detection as he escaped. Williams denied “dummy locking” the front gate.

Williams is charged with facilitating an escape. His bond is set at $50,000.

Franklin was caught after a foot chase that started at a house on Shellwood in Wake Village on Saturday. He is currently being held in the Bi-State Justice Center.


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