Escaped killer captured in Halifax County

James Ladd


by Staff and Associated Press

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 3:52 PM

TILLERY, N.C. (AP) -- A 51-year-old man serving life sentences for murder and robbery who escaped while working on a prison farm was captured Thursday, officials said.

The Department of Public Safety said in a release that James Ladd left his prison job Sunday outside Tillery prison in Halifax County. Ladd was operating a tractor on the farm. Officers found it abandoned just before noon Sunday.

Ladd was captured by corrections officers and Alcohol Law Enforcement agents about 10 miles from the prison farm, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

"Officers and agents were following up on a tip along NC Highway 125 near Scotland Neck, when a passing motorist stopped and alerted them about a man he had just seen running from the woods toward a nearby home.  The teams immediately responded to that home and began a search of the property around it," the NCDPS said in a statement.

Ladd was found crouched down in a garage at the house.

Ladd was convicted in 1981 for the shooting deaths of two men on a Yadkin County farm.  Tillery is a minimum security prison. 

It's unclear why Ladd was housed at the minimum security prison.

According to the agency's Web site, Ladd's had seven infractions since 1981, most recently in 2010 for tobacco use. Prior to that, he disobeyed orders in 1992.

Ladd will face charges for escape from prison and other prison disciplinary charges.