Convicted Murderer Escapes From Jail

Kenneth Moody, 26, Scottie Thomas, 34, escaped through an air conditioning vent Saturday night, according to Perry County Sheriff Carlos Herring. Herring says the vent was secured by steel bars and a welded metal mesh. He says Moody and Thomas managed to break through, climb onto the roof and then, jump off the building.

Jailers reported hearing a noise in one of the cells around 10:30 p.m. Sunday and when they went to investigate, Moody and Thomas were gone. Both men were assigned to the same cell.

Authorities believe the two men may have been picked up by an accomplice outside the jail who was driving a van. They have not released any other information about the possible accomplice.

In April 2001, a Harrison County jury found Moody guilty of murdering William Hatcher and Robbie Bond, both of Hattiesburg. Police found their bodies in a shallow grave behind Moody's mobile home in rural Perry County in 1995.

Moody was set to stand trial for the May 1995 stabbing death of Michael Lee, of Mobile, Ala.

Kenneth Moody is 6'0" tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. He has tattoos on his left and right arms, his back and left leg.

Christopher Scott Thomas (a.k.a. Scottie Thomas) is 5'10" tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair. He is awaiting trial for capital murder.

Both men are concerned dangerous.

If you have any information about either man, you should contact authorities immediately.