Escaped Mental Heath Patient Fights Extradition

10:41 AM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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Jason Mark Carter (Image: Willamson County, TN Jail)

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A man who escaped from a mental health facility in Columbia has decided he won't waive extradition.

Jason Mark Carter, 39, remains in a jail in Tennessee.

South Carolina Department of Mental Health officials say on January 2nd, Carter left a Farrow Road facility. He was found a day later in a hotel room in Tennessee. Previous Coverage: Killer Who Escaped Mental Health Facility Caught

Investigators say he used a state vehicle to get away from the facility. The car was eventually recovered on January 8th on North Main Street in Columbia. He then later bought a car to get out of the state.

Mental health officials say they're working with the State Law Enforcement Division and the solicitor's office in Tennessee to bring Carter back to the state. 

Carter was working at a supply business at the facility when he left. Mental health officials say the patient work program remains suspended, and policies at similar agencies are being reviewed . The agency is also reviewing policies and procedures regarding patients' unauthorized absences.

In 2006, Oconee County deputies arrested and charged Carter in the killings of his mother, Debra Ann Perkins, and his stepfather, Kevin Perkins. Their bodies were found in a basement at their home while Carter was inside the residence.

In 2009, a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity, and committed him to a mental facility.

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