Nervous residents near Leakesville prison where murderer escaped speak out

LEAKESVILLE, MS (WLOX) - There are few details available about how Michael Floyd Wilson escaped from Southern Mississippi Correctional Institution on Thursday. But while they wait for answers, residents who live near the prison are nervous.

Scott Murphy was confronted by Wilson just moments after the convicted two-time killer escaped.

"I opened the door, and he stood this close to me wanting me to take him to the hospital to give him a ride," said Murphy, standing next to his tractor.

The county worker and Leakesville resident didn't know it at the time, but he had a close encounter with a murderer.

"I was bush hogging, and a man approached me come out from the chicken houses and ... told me his wife was in labor. Her water had broke, and he had bogged his four-wheeler down in the woods."

Murphy said Wilson asked him several times for a ride to the hospital, but he refused.

"It didn't really dawn on me until after he walked off there, and I saw that K9 unit that came by," he said.

Murphy described Wilson as being calm, but anxious to leave. Had he known who it was, Murphy says he would have been ready. He pulled out a ball-peen hammer.

"I'd of knocked his brains out right there," he said.

Resident Derek Daniels lives directly across from the prison.

"We have five children here, and nobody ever tells us anything," he said. "Last time, a helicopter landed here at the concrete plant, and then when I called to ask who escaped or what was going on, they said I could find it on Facebook. So, there's no communication with residents that are most affected here."

He said he received no notification of Wilson's escape.

"I know they say they're understaffed, and we understand," Daniels said. "But what we would like as citizens a little heads up. You know, we could be outside playing with our kids, and anybody who is wanted for two murders shouldn't be out or be able to get away."

And he said he's prepared.

"I'm well protected if anybody was to come in this yard or do anything. I'm prepared," he said. "But, it's something you shouldn't even have to worry about."

Police are still searching for Wilson, who is also known as Pretty Boy Floyd. To follow the latest updates on that search, click HERE. If you have any knowledge of his whereabouts, a reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest. If you see Wilson or know of his whereabouts, contact your nearest law enforcement agency or call Mississippi Department of Corrections at (662) 745-6611, or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.

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