Fugitive captured in Tennessee

D. C. Moody Staff Writer

January 3, 2014

WALHALLA — A Seneca man who walked away from a mental health facility in Columbia on Thursday has been arrested in Tennessee, officials with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department said Friday afternoon.

Jason Mark Carter was arrested in Williamson County, Tenn., which is about 25 miles south of Nashville, according to Jimmy Watt, a spokesman for the department.

The details of the arrest were not released.

“Carter escaped from Columbia and the case was handled by local police and SLED,” said Watt. “The 2006 case is closed with a not guilty, so he had no case pending here. This office made the press release on Carter’s escape for public safety reasons, not to create a panic. We just felt it was important to notify all the interested parties.”

Carter was first arrested March 27, 2006, when deputies responded to perform a welfare check at 419 Meldau Road in Seneca. Officers discovered the bodies of Kevin and Debra Ann Perkins locked in a room in the basement of the home with Carter inside with the victims. Carter was declared incompetent to stand trial and found not guilty.