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April 16, 2013

Escapee, girlfriend appear in court

CORBIN — By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

A recaptured escapee and his girlfriend appeared in front of Judge Fred White for their preliminary hearings Monday in Whitley County District Court.

Shannon Wynn, 34, and his girlfriend, 39-year-old Katherine Wheeler, both face charges after Wynn allegedly walked off a work detail April 1.

Wheeler was first arrested, and five days after Wynn walked from the detail, he was arrested.

Wheeler was first to appear before White. Handcuffed and in standard jail attire, Wheeler stood with her defense attorney, Public Defender Ron Findell.

No testimony was offered during her brief appearance, and her case was bound over to the grand jury.

According to jail records, Wheeler remains at the Whitley County Detention Center under two $15,000 cash bonds. She faces charges of second-degree escape, first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension, and contempt of court libel/slander resistance to order.

Wynn’s appearance came later Monday morning, and he, too, is represented by Findell.

During Wynn’s preliminary hearing, only one witness was called forward — Whitley County Detention Center employee Todd Sanderford.

Hammons noted that Wynn had been jailed for felony offenses, including first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Sanderford testified that he was the supervisor at the State Highway garage work detail from which Wynn walked.

Sanderford said the group went to lunch at noon on April 1. He added that at 12:20 p.m., they went through the garage into the break room, and he was walking with them.

He then testified that Wynn went out of the room, came back in, and then left again — for good.

Findell argued that Wynn hadn’t actually escaped “from a facility,” that the work detail “was not a facility or a prison.”

Hammons explained that Wynn “escaped from custody” — no facility was required.

The bond remains the same, and Wynn’s case was bound over to the grand jury.

Wynn remains jailed at the Detention Center under $500,000 cash bond. He faces several charges, including second-degree escape, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child, non-payment of fines, a parole violation for a felony offense, and second or greater offense manufacturing methamphetamine. He is also jailed under a $50,000 cash bond with an ankle bracelet for other charges.

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