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A Texas death row prisoner who made a slick escape from jail in Houston on Thursday was captured on

Death row inmate from Texas captured in Louisiana
Mon Nov 7, 2005 12:09 AM ET

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas death row prisoner who made a slick escape from jail in Houston on Thursday was captured on Sunday at a liquor store in Shreveport, Louisiana, too drunk to be interrogated, police said.

Shreveport police and U.S. Marshals, acting on a tip, arrested Charles Victor Thompson with little resistance outside the store, they said.

"You know who I am," Thompson, 35, told police when they asked his name.

U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Marianne Matus said Thompson was too drunk to be questioned about his escape and how he got to Shreveport, which is the near the border with northeastern Texas.

"He was pretty intoxicated. He was pretty impaired," said Lt. John Martin of Harris County Sheriff's Office in Houston.

Thompson slipped out of handcuffs, donned civilian clothes and pretended to be a law enforcement official to bluff his way out of the Harris County Jail in downtown Houston.

A week before he had been sentenced by a Houston jury to death for the second time for the 1998 murder of his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

An earlier death sentence had been thrown out by the courts on a legal technicality.

He was being held in the local jail awaiting transfer back to death row in Livingston, Texas where he had been for six years.

Police believe he had help in making his escape, but said the matter was still being investigated.
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