Murder suspect who escaped from Rowan jail now back in custody

Murder suspect who escaped from Rowan jail now back in custody

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - An inmate who escaped from jail in Rowan County Saturday night has been taken back into custody by deputies.

32-year-old inmate Timothy Clarence Smith, Jr. was arrested at an apartment in Matika Villa located on Gaskey Road in Salisbury. He was taken into custody by deputies after a short foot chase.

According to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, Smith, Jr. escaped from a second floor window of the Rowan County Detention Center around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

He was being held under no bond awaiting trial for a murder committed in 2016

Smith and Stephanie Dawn Hall were both charged with the murder of Amanda Kay Smith.  Smith's burned body was found just off Leonard Road in June of 2016.

Following Smith's escape from jail, deputies from the Rowan County Sheriff's Office and Officers from the Salisbury City Police Department searched the surrounding areas of Rowan County Detention Center.

The investigation into Smith's disappearance is ongoing. He face additional charges as a result of his escape and attempt to run from deputies before his capture.

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