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Family still feels fear despite capture of escaped prisoner

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It was a big relief for the family of Lynett Jarrett after learning that escapee Michael Dowda was captured in Georgia. Jean Smith said she was so scared that Dowda would be coming after her, she was afraid to leave the house. It was a big relief for the family of Lynett Jarrett after learning that escapee Michael Dowda was captured in Georgia. Jean Smith said she was so scared that Dowda would be coming after her, she was afraid to leave the house.
Michael Dowda (Photo source: Bibb Co. Jail) Michael Dowda (Photo source: Bibb Co. Jail)
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LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

It was a big relief for the family of Lynett Jarrett after learning that escapee Michael Dowda was captured in Georgia. Jean Smith said she was so scared that Dowda would be coming after her, she was afraid to leave the house. While she is glad that Dowda is back in custody, she still has that nagging fear.

"When she called me, it scared me real bad. I didn't know if he had shot somebody or something," said Smith.

The call from the State Department of Corrections came in shortly after 1:30am Tuesday, and ended three days of agony for Jean Smith and her family.

"She just said when he was captured. She could assure me that this would not happen again and they did not know he had escaped before. I'm just glad it's over. I don't have to look over my back and worry about him being somewhere close by," said Smith.

After that initial feeling of relief came a wave of questions and doubts.

"Is he going to do it again? What do I need to be expecting from him? Parchman, what are they going to do to keep this from happening again?" Smith asked.

Because Dowda was charged with jail escape before, Mrs. Smith believes it can happen again.   She was still not comfortable enough Tuesday to leave her Long Beach home.

"Because you never know what's on his mind. If I see him face to face, I don't know what I'd do," she said.

Mrs. Smith said the man who killed her 25 year old daughter should have been captured as soon as he fled from Parchman Saturday. And she wants to make sure that Dowda is locked-up, this time for good.

"Do the crime, you do the time. At one time I wished he was dead, that somebody would shoot him. But then you're not supposed to feel like that. You're supposed to be able to forgive. I can forgive, but I won't forget," said Smith.

Mrs. Smith is still worried about the possibility of Dowda trying to escape when he is transported back to Mississippi. She said she won't feel completely relieved, until he's back behind bars at Parchman.

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