UPDATE: Mississippi convicted killer captured in Georgia

By Wire reports

JACKSON — A convicted killer, who escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman over the weekend, has been captured in Georgia.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the U.S. Marshal’s Service took Michael Blan Dowda into custody in Macon, Ga., around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Details on his arrest have not been released.

He faces extradition to Mississippi and multiple charges including escape.

Tara Booth, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, says the 48-year-old Dowda broke into a home on the prison grounds and stole two handguns from a safe on Saturday.

He then allegedly stole that employee’s truck and drove away.

Court documents show that Dowda was serving time for the depraved-heart murder of his girlfriend, 25-year-old Lynette Jarrett of Woolmarket.


UPDATE From Mississippi Department of Corrections

JACKSON – Authorities are continuing to pursue leads in the search for escapee Michael Blan Dowda, who fled the Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) at Parchman on Saturday.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections reported no confirmed sighting of Dowda, a 48-year old white male with brown eyes, brown hair, at 5’11” and 195 pounds, as of late Monday afternoon. The MDOC’s Corrections Investigation Division (CID) and the U. S. Marshal’s Service are searching for Dowda.


PARCHMAN — A man serving life in prison for killing his girlfriend in 1996 has escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, and visitation there was closed.

Michael Blane Dowda, 48, is considered armed and dangerous, corrections spokeswoman Jasmine Cole said in a news release.

Visitation was closed Sunday. Calls to ask whether Dowda remained at large Sunday or whether visitation would resume Monday were not returned.

Cole said officials realized Saturday afternoon that Dowda was missing from a maintenance detail. He allegedly stole a white 2005 Silverado truck with Yalobusha County disability tag number 0922 and drove out.

When last seen, he was wearing the prison uniform: a white shirt and green-and-white-striped pants.

Dowda was sentenced for killing Clarissa Lynn Jarrett of Woolmarket at their home during an argument Nov. 13, 1996. He said he’d removed the clip and thought the gun was unloaded. Authorities said one bullet was still chambered.

He chose to be tried without a jury. A judge convicted him in 1998 of depraved heart murder — causing death by an obviously dangerous act.

Dowda is described as white, 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair and a tattoo on the left side of his chest.

According to court documents, Dowda apparently got a .380 semi-automatic handgun and drove home nonstop from a job in Orlando, Fla., after learning on Nov. 12, 1996, that Jarrett was going to a concert in Alabama with her sister.

He arrived early Nov. 13, 1996, confronting Jarrett when she arrived. He threatened to kill himself, then took the clip out of the gun, put the gun in a closet and continued the argument.

After Jarrett said she had had sex with other men, Dowda got the gun, put it to her head and pulled the trigger.

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