Archive for Friday, March 17, 2006

Hearing postponed in escape case

March 17, 2006

A Leavenworth County District Court hearing originally scheduled for Friday involving the woman accused of helping a convicted killer escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility has been postponed.

The hearing for Toby Young, the 48-year-old president of the Safe Harbor Prison Dogs program, was continued to April 21, said Deborah Owens of the Leavenworth County Attorney's Office.

Owens said the continuance in the scheduling conference was requested by Young's attorney, Jim Yoakum. He could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

Young is charged with aiding and abetting aggravated escape and aiding a felon. On Thursday, she continued to be held in the Leavenworth County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Yoakum indicated after Young's most recent court date, March 9, that Young would not bond out until her next court hearing.

Authorities say that on Feb. 12, other Lansing inmates in the Safe Harbor program loaded a dog crate containing convicted killer John M. Manard into the Safe Harbor van, and that Young drove the van out of the prison. Young's familiarity with a guard allowed the van to leave the prison grounds without being searched.

Manard and Young eluded authorities for 12 days, staying in a cabin in rural Alpine, Tenn., before their capture Feb. 24.

Authorities have said Young was intimately involved in the escape, the planning for which, they added, dated to late December.

While being held in a Tennessee jail after their capture, Young said in an interview she couldn't explain why she helped Manard escape from prison or why she abandoned her family to spend nearly two weeks on the lam with a convicted murderer.

Manard, meanwhile, is back at Lansing Correctional Facility in administrative segregation. Owens, of the county prosecutor's office, said charges had yet to be filed against him in conjunction with the escape.

Manard is serving a life sentence for his role in a 1996 carjacking and killing of a Johnson County man.

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