2 Miss. inmates wanted for murder captured in La. bar

October 26, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

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Authorities said two escaped inmates stabbed 95-year-old Ada Smith (pictured) to death in her Lamar County home and stole her car. The inmates were captured in a bar in New Orleans.

JACKSON – (AP) Two Mississippi inmates suspected of fatally stabbing a 95-year-old woman after escaping from a prison were captured Tuesday in a bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, authorities said.

Richard Griffin, a supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Jackson, Miss., said information from confidential sources led authorities to the Razoo bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans., where James Robert Martin, 22, and David Bass, 26, were taken into custody by members of the task force.

Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) officials said Martin and Bass left the Forrest County Community Work Center Saturday afternoon. Martin was serving a five-year sentence for a grand larceny conviction from Monroe County. Bass was serving a seven-year sentence for five burglary convictions from Lee County.

Tara Booth, a spokeswoman for the department, said how the men wer

e able to escape remains under investigation.

The men will face charges of capital murder in the death of Ada Smith, who was found dead Sunday in her Lamar County home, just north of Purvis city limits, said Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.

She had reportedly been stabbed to death.

David Bass (l) and James Robert Martin (r) escaped from a work center in Forrest County Saturday and allegedly killed a Lamar County woman and stole her car. The two men are back in custody.

The suspects allegedly made off with Smith's white 1993 Buick Century that carries a Mississippi disabled plate reading C3899.

Smith's car was found hidden in a swampy area near Slidell, La., at around noon Wednesday.

“We had a lot of people working on this,'' Rigel said. “We're thankful that they were arrested as soon as they were because of the severity of the crime and before they could hurt anyone else.''

Rigel said it will be a few days before the men will be transported back to Lamar County, depending on whether they waive or fight extradition.

The suspects were arrested on a warrant for capital murder.