August 10, 2005

Fugitive couple arrested in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - An escaped convict and his wife
who shot a guard to death outside a Tennessee courtroom were
apprehended at a motel in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday.

George Hyatte and Jennifer Hyatte surrendered on Wednesday
evening after about 20 law-enforcement officers surrounded
their motel room, John Bolen of the U.S. Marshals Service told

After evacuating motel guests from nearby rooms, an officer
phoned the couple's room and told Jennifer Hyatte "that the
room was surrounded and that essentially they had no hope of
escape," Bolen said.

"We gave them an opportunity to self-surrender, at which
time they did so," he added.

Jennifer Hyatte, a former prison nurse, was carried from
the room and taken to a hospital. She had apparently been
wounded in the Tennessee shootout that broke out on Tuesday
when she opened fire on guards escorting her shackled husband
from a Tennessee courthouse.

Three bullets struck Tennessee Department of Corrections
guard Wayne "Cotton" Morgan, 56, who died at a hospital.

The officers swooped on the Columbus motel after a cab
driver contacted them and said he believed he had driven the
couple from Kentucky to the north side of the city.

Earlier on Wednesday, the two apparently escaped capture by
minutes in northern Kentucky after their second getaway vehicle
was found at a motel in Erlanger, Kentucky.

"We feel the couple had been there and left minutes
earlier," said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation. Acting on a tip, U.S. marshals and local
officers went to the motel in Erlanger, south of Cincinnati,
and discovered the van.

The motel was evacuated and armed officers entered a motel
room but found it empty.

(Additional reporting by Jim Balloch in Knoxville,