Criminal Suspect Flees Courthouse in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A prisoner who escaped from the Jefferson County courthouse while awaiting a hearing remains at large.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A prisoner who escaped from the Jefferson County courthouse while awaiting a hearing remains at large.

Sheriff's Lt. Randy Christian said police agencies, including federal marshals are searching for 37-year-old Marlon Tall of Ensley.

He escaped Wednesday shortly after 10 a.m.

Tall had been scheduled appear before a judge on failure to appear for several criminal charges, including three counts of attempted murder. He was being held without bond.

Christian said Tall made his getaway after he was allowed to go the bathroom unsupervised. He said the prisoner's jailhouse clothing was found on the bathroom floor.


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