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Sheriff: Mom slipped hacksaw blade during son's transfer

Posted: Updated: June 1, 2012 06:56 PM CDT
Miller Co. Sheriff Ron Stovall says Quincy Stewart was able to stow a hacksaw blade (similar to one of these), slipped to him by his mother, in a folder inmates carry to their court hearings. Miller Co. Sheriff Ron Stovall says Quincy Stewart was able to stow a hacksaw blade (similar to one of these), slipped to him by his mother, in a folder inmates carry to their court hearings.
CAPTURED: Quincy Vernard Stewart, left, and Cortez Rashod Hooper, right (Source: Miller Co. Sheriff's Office) CAPTURED: Quincy Vernard Stewart, left, and Cortez Rashod Hooper, right (Source: Miller Co. Sheriff's Office)
Charlene Stewart (Source: Miller County Sheriff's Office) Charlene Stewart (Source: Miller County Sheriff's Office)
35-year-old Quincy Stewart, 23-year-old Cortez Hooper are now back in custody, after they were tracked down in a vacant home on Ferguson Street in Texarkana Thursday night, less than two miles away from the jail. 35-year-old Quincy Stewart, 23-year-old Cortez Hooper are now back in custody, after they were tracked down in a vacant home on Ferguson Street in Texarkana Thursday night, less than two miles away from the jail.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

Miller County Sheriff Ron Stovall revealed new details Friday morning about exactly how two accused killers escaped from the county jail on Monday morning, and vowed to make changes to ensure it doesn't happen again.

35-year-old Quincy Stewart, 23-year-old Cortez Hooper are now back in custody, after they were tracked down in a vacant home on Ferguson Street in Texarkana Thursday night, less than two miles away from the jail.

Stewart's mother, 55-year-old Charlene Stewart, is accused of slipping her son the hacksaw the two are suspected of using to cut the metal bars out of a 1' x 3 1/2' window, broke the glass out of another window on the second floor, then jumped to the ground. They got away from the jail property by getting past two-10' high razor-wire fence.

Charlene Stewart is charged with furnishing prohibited articles inside the detention facility and furnishing implements for an escape.

Friday morning, Sheriff Stovall provided more details about how Stewart allegedly slipped that blade to her son, along with a cell phone. Stovall says it appears to have happened during an inmate transfer either to or from the courthouse, and that Quincy Stewart was able to stow the blade in a folder inmates carry to their court hearings. Those folders are off-limits to law enforcement.

It's not known during which transfer the items were slipped to Stewart. When asked whether any of the jail staff or Miller County Sheriff's Office employees are believed to have been involved, Stovall says the internal investigation is ongoing. He also says there will be a lot of procedures changed, including how prisoners are transported. He did not get into any of the specifics of how that might be done.

Sheriff Stovall also admitted to flaws in the construction of the jail, which has struggled with escapes and security over the years.

The county spent $60,000 in improvements to the old jail in 1998, after eleven inmate escapes, including four who got out by sliding down the fire escapes.

The money went toward adding razor wire fencing around the top of the jail, reconstructing the fire escapes and installing new lights and security cameras.

A new jail was built in 2000 at a cost of $8 million dollars. Another $800,000 was approved to pay for still more repairs on the jail by the Miller County Quorum Court in 2009, due to still more escapes. At the time, Sheriff Stovall said the money will be put to good use. "They're allowing us to hire four additional detention officers and an additional investigator," says Stovall. "That should make a considerable difference in the safety and security of that system out there."

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