Convicted murderer escapes from prison

September 10, 2008 6:12:38 AM PDT
A convicted murderer escaped from a Texas prison in Brazoria County by climbing over a fence Tuesday evening, Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials said. Authorities hunted for Marlow Wayne Reynolds, 54, who was serving 40 years for murder, possession of a prohibited weapon and tampering with physical evidence, all out of Liberty County. The offenses occurred in September 2003.

Reynolds, imprisoned since December 2004, was seen climbing a fence at a recreation yard at the Stringfellow Unit in Rosharon, about 30 miles south of Houston, about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Reynolds is described as a 6-foot-tall, 186-pound white man.

He's from Dayton in Liberty County and was convicted of the shooting death of a drinking buddy, Leslie Ledford, 36, also of Dayton. At his trial, Reynolds testified the shooting was in self-defense.

Ledford's body was found in a burn pit on Reynolds' property. Evidence showed Wood had been piled on top of the body to try to destroy the remains.

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