SC man who kidnapped his attorney recaptured after 2nd max security escape

Jimmy Causey
Jimmy Causey

A South Carolina man who was convicted of kidnapping his own defense attorney is back in custody after a second escape from a maximum security prison.

Former tree trimmer Jimmy Causey, 46, was recaptured at 3:05 a.m. Friday in Texas, according a South Carolina Department of Corrections Facebook post. TV station WIS reported he was arrested at a hotel and was in possession of a pistol, a shotgun and a large amount of cash.

Causey, who was described as dangerous, is serving a life sentence for the 2002 kidnapping of a family that included his former defense attorney in a burglary case. The family was bound by duct tape in their home and held prisoner.

“He's a very vicious criminal,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told TV station WIS.

Causey first escaped Columbia’s Broad River Correctional Institution on a trash truck in 2005, reported the State newspaper in Columbia. That first escape was carried out as part of an elaborate plan in which another inmate helped Causey make human-like dummies of clothes and toilet paper to dupe prison guards into thinking the prisoners were in their cell.

He was eventually recaptured after a pizza delivery woman recognized him at a Ridgeland, S.C., motel, it was reported.

His latest escaped happened in broad daylight. Causey was discovered missing at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday from Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville.

State officials believe a drone was used to deliver a cell phone and other contraband used in the escape to Causey behind the prison fence, reported WIS.