Sheriff: No Extra Guards for Accused Murderers

10:53 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- A murder suspect who escaped from a High Point courthouse Monday is back in custody, according to the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff BJ Barnes said he couldn't assign extra guards because it would risk jury bias.

The sheriff's office said Keith Lauchon Jackson, one of two men who was arrested and charged with killing Josh Sweitzer Halloween night in 2007, ran away from inside the courthouse. 

Jackson was being escorted by bailiffs into the courtroom for his trial. Deputies said he pushed past officers, jumped from a stairwell and ran out to the parking deck, heading towards Park Street. A Guilford County K-9, along with officers, caught Jackson nearby.

Officers said Jackson was injured and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The sheriff's office said they are considering additional charges.

Sweitzer was an employee at the Lucky Mart convenience store in High Point; he was the nephew of the store's owner. 

Both Jackson and Ronnie Covington Jr. were arrested early January 2008 for a string of armed robberies throughout Guilford County. They were charged with Sweitzer's murder a couple days after their arrest.

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