Escaped killer captured in Ohio
by James Phillips
Apr 12, 2012 | 3519 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Timothy Richards
Timothy Richards
A convicted murderer from Walker County who escaped from a minimum-security state prison ranch Sunday was apprehended Wednesday morning in Ohio.

Officials with the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed Wednesday that Timothy Richards, 42, was captured in Alliance, Ohio.

Richards could not be located during an institutional count at the State Cattle Ranch in Hale County, near Greensboro, on Sunday at approximately 1:30 a.m. Richards was accounted for during a previous count at about midnight. The minimum-security facility, which has no fence, houses about 110 men in a dormitory-style setting. Richards pleaded guilty in Walker County in 1999 to using a deer rifle to kill Randy McCullar and was sentenced to life in prison in 2000.

Brian Corbett, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force received information Wednesday that Richards may be located at a specific address in Alliance. Working in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service in Ohio, Richards was taken into custody without incident at approximately 11:45 a.m. Richards was not armed.

“I’d like to applaud the U.S. Marshals for their help and persistence in apprehending this inmate,” said Kim Thomas, ADOC Commissioner. “We have five officers assigned to this task force and this was our number one priority. We are thankful that Richards was taken into custody without incident.”

Corbett said it is believed that Richards had assistance in route to Ohio from a specific individual.

“This case remains under investigation and additional charges may be pending,” Corbett said. “Therefore, it is inappropriate to discuss further details at this time.”

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair, who had — as an assistant district attorney — prosecuted Richards, said he was grateful to the Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshals.

“DOC got on this quickly and got the U.S. Marshals involved,” Adair said. “This is the second time this year marshals have assisted in a case involving our area. Their help is always greatly appreciated.”

Adair said he hopes the incident will be a catalyst for change at the State Cattle Ranch.

“We are calling for things to happen down there,” he said. “Murderers shouldn’t be housed in those kinds of places, and this incident shows that.”