UPDATE: Adams County judge sets bond at $3M each for teen escapees

Published 5:09 pm Friday, January 12, 2024

NATCHEZ — Justice Court Judge Danny Barber set the bonds at $3 million each for three teens who escaped from a Hinds County juvenile detention center.

Each teen faces charges of attempted murder and carjacking from an incident that took place Monday afternoon in Adams County.

Friday’s swift arraignment comes at the conclusion of a four-day, multi-agency manhunt, which for Miss-Lou law enforcement started Monday afternoon after a woman had been shot in the neck and back and left in the parking lot of Stanton Baptist Church on U.S. 61 North while the juveniles took off in her car.

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Tayshon Levanthony Holmes, 17, of Natchez; Robert Earl Smith, 16, of Jackson; and Jashon Jones, 15, of Jackson, escaped the  from the Henley-Young-Patton Youth Detention Center a second time overnight Sunday. The three escaped the same facility in June 2023.

Barber set each of their property bonds at $1.5 million for the charge of attempted murder and $1.5 million for armed carjacking, or a $750,000 cash bond on each charge. That makes their total property bond $3 million each and their total cash bond $1.5 million each.

The court also appointed each of them a public defender. Smith is represented by attorney Jeffery Harness; Jones is represented by attorney Kevin Colbert; and Holmes is represented by attorney Terrence Hunter.