Escaped murder suspect captured in Mississippi

Verdale Moore (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Verdale Moore (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

(WVUE) - The search for an inmate who escaped Tangipahoa Parish Jail sends investigators across state lines.

Verdale Moore, 24, was captured at a private Mississippi residence, according to Sheriff Daniel Edwards.

Moore was in jail in Amite, charged with first-degree murder in relation to the drive by shooting death of 37-year-old Sandra Butler back in February. The sheriff's office said Butler was not the intended target of a drive by shooting they believe started with a fight about rap music lyrics.

Moore was awaiting trial, but escaped Sunday night.

"Immediately, it's a shutdown of the jail, assess the situation, make sure everyone is secure and safe," said TPSO spokesperson Dawn Panepinto. "There was definitely a breach of security and all of those measures are being investigated and taken care of at this time."

With the assistance of the Pike County Sheriff's Office, detectives say Moore was located at a private residence in Osyka Mississippi where he was taken into custody without incident.

The jail states they will continue to investigate exactly how Moore escaped and how to prevent it from happening again.

The DA's office says Moore's next trial date is scheduled for August 12.

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