Inmate back in custody after escaping Emanuel County Jail

EMANUEL CO., GA (WTOC) - An Emanuel County Jail inmate is back in custody Tuesday night after escaping the jail with a fellow inmate last Friday around 3 a.m.

Sheriff's deputies found Justin Driggers at a house just outside of Swainsboro on Highway 80 East.

Driggers, who is being held on probation violation and burglary charges, escaped alongside Talik Williams, who is being held on two murder warrants. Williams surrendered to deputies just nine hours after the escape.

Last summer, we showed you Williams' appearance in court on murder charges in what authorities called a multilevel federal investigation. Officials wanted him captured as soon as possible. He's accused of helping in the murder of a woman last summer who's husband was also connected to the case. In May, investigators arrested his father, Tony, in the same case. The sheriff says they had strong leads on where he was when they got the call that he was on the way.

"Inmates have a lot of time on their hands to outsmart us. It's bad to have to say, but these things happen when you have jails and prisons," said Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens, Emanuel County.

WTOC: "Were these two cell mates?"

Sheriff Stephens: "Yes, they were in the same cell. They were indeed cell mates."

"We were close to getting him and I would like to think that had a role in him contacting the right person to assist him in surrendering," Sheriff Stephens said.

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