Alabama inmate reported as escaping did not flee prison

Steve Ray Murphy | Source: Alabama Dept. of Corrections

Updated - A convicted murderer did not escape from an Alabama prison despite the corrections system initially reporting that he did.

Posted: Mar 10, 2020 9:51 AM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 3:22 PM

Updated March 10 2:48 p.m.

SPRINGVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A convicted murderer did not escape from an Alabama prison despite the corrections system initially reporting that he did.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said an escape notice was sent out as a precautionary matter when the inmate was not at his assigned location at St. Clair Correctional Facility.

The prison system said an escape notice was sent out while a facility sweep was simultaneously being conducted to locate the inmate, Steve Ray Murphy, 64.

The prison system said Murphy “had no intention, nor took any action, to attempt an escape."

Original article below

SPRINGVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An inmate serving a life sentence after being convicted of murder has been captured after escaping an Alabama prison for the second time in less than 20 years.

The Department of Corrections says 64-year-old Steve Ray Murphy fled the St. Clair Correctional Facility early Tuesday and was captured hours later.

A news release doesn't say how Murphy got out of the maximum-security lockup, which has been plagued by violence and overcrowding.

Court records show Murphy was indicted on a charge of escaping from the same prison in 2001. And records show Murphy pleaded guilty in another escape from the Colbert County Jail in 1983.

The prison system says Murphy was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1984 for a murder conviction in Colbert County.

WTVA Note - The St. Clair Correctional Facility is located approximately 30 miles northeast of Birmingham.

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