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Man suspected in 1996 slaying in Alabama captured in Chicago

EUTAW, Ala. (AP) - A man suspected in a 1996 slaying in Alabama has been arrested in Illinois nearly two decades after he escaped.

Authorities say 44-year-old Donnovan Johnson was living in Chicago at the time of his arrest last Friday. He has been returned to Alabama to face charges in the slaying of 29-year-old Ollie Carpenter in 1996.

Greene County sheriff's officials say Johnson and another man were awaiting trial in the slaying when they escaped in June 1998.

A tip led to Johnson's arrest in Chicago, where he was living under the assumed name of Phillip Thomas. Officials aren't providing details about the man's life on the run.

Johnson is being charged with escape. Prosecutors also are asking a judge to let them resume court action against Johnson in Carpenter's death.

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