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Gadsden Woman Arrested In Connection To The Escape Of State Inmate, David Kyle

A Gadsden woman has been booked in at the Cherokee County Detention Center in connection with the escape of a state inmate, David Kyle last week.

40 year old Susan Lemley was booked in at the Cherokee County Detention Center just after 11:30 a.m. Monday morning by U.S. Marshals Investigators and charged with Facilitating Escape.

She was taken into custody at a location in Centre.

Lemley is being held without bond until she is extradited to Montgomery, where the escape occurred.

According to information we have received, the warrants were obtained by Investigators with the Alabama Department of Corrections.

State escape inmate David Kyle, is back in custody; he was apprehended at a residence in the Slackland community Monday morning by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Department of Corrections, and Sheriff’s Office personnel.

Kyle, 49, was serving a 99 year sentence for the brutal murder of a Cherokee County man, Shane McKnight in September of 1998. The murder occurred in Etowah County with the trial being held the following year and Kyle being sentenced in 2000.

At that sentencing, then Etowah County Circuit Judge Roy Moore stated – if the death penalty would’ve been an option, he would have found it appropriate.

He’d been assigned to the Department of Corrections’ Red Eagle Work Center – when he escaped from their custody on April 23.

Kyle was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center on a charge of Escape and he will be held there until the Department of Corrections can transport him back to prison.

Additional information will be available as soon as it is released.


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