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Michael Dowda, Mississippi prison escapee, captured in Georgia

Escaped Mississippi inmate Michael Dowda was captured in Macon.
Bibb County Jail
Escaped Mississippi inmate Michael Dowda was captured in Macon.
Bibb County Jail/WMAZ

(CBS/AP) JACKSON, Miss. - Michael Blan Dowda, a convicted killer who escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman over the weekend, has been captured in Georgia.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the U.S. Marshal's Service took Dowda into custody in Macon, Ga., around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Details on his arrest have not been released.

He faces extradition to Mississippi and multiple charges including escape.

Tara Booth, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, says the 48-year-old Dowda broke into an employee's home on the prison grounds and stole two handugns from a safe on Saturday. He then allegedly stole the employee's truck and drove away.

The Clarion-Ledger reports court documents show that Dowda was serving time for the murder of his girlfriend, 25-year-old Lynette Jarrett of Woolmarket.