November 4, 2005

Police search for escaped death row inmate

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Police searched in downtown Houston and
surrounding areas on Friday for a prisoner who escaped from
Harris County Jail a week after he was sentenced to die for two
1998 murders.

Charles Victor Thompson, 35, donned civilian clothes and
brandished a fake law enforcement identification badge to bluff
his way out of the facility in the city center on Thursday and
had not been seen since, Harris County Sheriff's Office
spokesman John Martin said.

Martin said police from numerous agencies were looking for
Thompson, who on October 28 was sentenced to death by lethal
injection by a jury in Houston for killing his ex-girlfriend
and her new boyfriend in a 1998 shooting attack.

Martin said it was not known how Thompson got the civilian
clothes or the fake badge, but investigators were trying to
determine if he had help inside or outside the jail during his

He was being held in the local jail prior to being
transferred to the state's death row in the east Texas town of
Livingston, Martin said.