Murder suspect caught after bolting from courthouse


Keith Lauchon Jackson, 24, of High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Guilford County deputies said a High Point murder suspect who escaped from the courthouse during his trial was caught within minutes.

Deputies said Keith Lauchon Jackson, 24, bolted from the courtroom around 2 p.m., running into a nearby parking lot.

Deputies said he ran from the bailiffs as they were preparing to bring him back into the courtroom.

Officials said he pushed past the officers, ran from the courtroom and leaped from a stairwell to the floor below and got into the parking deck.

Authorities said the suspect was caught about 15 minutes later by a K-9 and K-9 officers a short distance from the courthouse.

Deputies said the suspect was apprehended and is recovering at a local hospital for abrasions and a dog bite.

Superior Court Judge John O. Craig III said the suspect was able to run after slipping out of his leg shackles without anyone noticing, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

The paper reported that Craig adjourned early for the day after the attempted escape.

The suspect is accused of shooting and killing a store clerk at Lucky Mart in High Point on Halloween night 2007. Joshua Sweitzer, 21, was shot in the head.

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