Officials said the murder suspect, Christian Williams, 23, had been kidnapped in March, as Knewz.com reported.
Soon afterward, another person in the apartment told officials that Williams had shot himself, the sheriff's office said. He was taken to the hospital where he reportedly died hours later.
Williams had been charged with murder in the 2021 shooting death of a man at a local convenience store.
The night before he was scheduled to be in court, a security camera reportedly showed him being "attacked" by two other men on the front porch of his home. Officials like the district attorney, however, doubted that Williams was really kidnapped, calling the timing "suspicious," CBS News reported.
Authorities were still investigating Williams' involvement in the escape of the four inmates, who reportedly left the Bibb County Detention Center in Macon early on the morning of Oct.16.
The sheriff's office announced a $73,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Johnifer Barnwell, 37, convicted earlier this month on federal drug trafficking charges; Joey Fournier, 52, charged with murder; Chavis Stokes, 29, facing drug charges; and Marc Anderson, 25, jailed for aggravated assault.
In a Facebook post on Oct. 20, officials said they found a Dodge Challenger that the inmates used in their escape in the parking lot of a supermarket in Macon.
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The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office was working with the FBI and other federal agents to search for the escapees.
“Everyone from the Bibb Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners is focused on recapturing these fugitives," the sheriff's office said. "We ask that anyone having information about these wanted individuals to make the call and help us bring these escapees back to jail.”
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