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Suspect in burning of Covington bodies tries to escape jail | Crime/Police


The man accused of killing a Covington priest and a lay associate at his church tried to escape the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Saturday, then was arrested and shipped off to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, authorities said.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said deputies rebooked Antonio Tyson, 49, with attempted escape, after he damaged property at the jail in an effort to flee. Considering Tyson a flight risk, they then transferred him, without incident, to the state’s maximum security prison at Angola.

Tyson is accused of kidnapping and killing the Rev. Otis Young, 71, and Ruth Prats, 73, on Sunday night and setting fire to their bodies in downtown Covington.

Another St. Tammany inmate, David Burns, 71, was booked with being a principal to attempted escape, because he helped Tyson try to get out, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The agency did not immediatley release more details.