Sheriff's Office: Jackson Had Key To Shackles When He Escaped, Don't Know How He Got The Key

10:50 PM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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High Point, NC-- The Guilford County Sheriff's Office confirms that Keith Lauchon Jackson Jr. did have a key to unlock his shackles when he escaped for 15 minutes last Friday.

There's still a mystery though because the sheriff's office doesn't know how Jackson got the key. News 2 was told that his baggy pants covered his ankles and the missing shackles.

Colonel Randy Powers said, " He was able to undo his shackles inside the cell and concealed the shackles within the cell. He came out walking as if he still had them on."

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford learned that Jackson shuffled his feet like he was in shackles. The baggy clothes concealed the fact that his ankles were actually free. Once the deputies who were escorting him reached the door, Jackson shoved them and took off running.

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In a testimony last week, Jackson said he found the key in a lunch bag given to him from the jail. The Guilford County Sheriff's office doesn't think that's possible. All the keys were accounted for on the day he escaped.

"I'm sure that was nothing more than a diversion to try and get us to look a different way from where he probably got it from which is probably contraband from some other prisoner," said Powers.

Powers told News 2 that a lot of what Jackson said during testimony wasn't true like getting bitten by a dog and that someone with the sheriff's office broke his ankle.

The sheriff's office said Jackson actually broke his ankle when he jumped off a parking garage. A canine led deputies to the bush he was hiding behind, where deputies arrested him and called an ambulance.

Col. Powers said there was no weapon used and the dog was held back once deputies located Jackson.

The sheriff's office said Jackson was convicted on Monday for the 2007 murder of Joshua Sweitzer and was sentenced to life in prison.

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WFMY News 2, Guilford County Sheriff's Office

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