By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
An alleged escapee was indicted for that charge in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Shannon R. Wynn, 34, was indicted for second-degree escape after allegedly leaving the custody of the Whitley County Detention Center April 1.
Wynn was actually working at the Kentucky State Highway garage when he reportedly walked from duty.
During Wynn’s preliminary hearing in April, only one witness was called forward — Whitley County Detention Center employee Todd Sanderford.
Wynn had been jailed for several other offenses for which he was indicted in May. Sanderford testified he was the supervisor at the State Highway garage work detail when Wynn allegedly walked off the site.
Sanderford said the group went to lunch at noon April 1. He added that at 12:20 p.m., they went through the garage into the break room, and Wynn was walking with them.
He then testified that Wynn went out of the room, came back in, and then left again — for good.
Wynn allegedly had assistance in this escape from his girlfriend, Katherine Wheeler.
According to jail records, Wheeler remains at the Whitley County Detention Center under one $15,000 cash bond and a $15,000 surety bond with MCR. She faces charges of second-degree escape, first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension, and contempt of court libel/slander resistance to order. She also faces a fourth-degree assault charge, and for that is under a $2,500 cash bond.
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.
Wheeler was first arrested, and five days after Wynn walked from the detail, he was arrested.
Both defendants are scheduled for their next court appearance July 9.