Search continues for escapee near Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The search continues in metro Birmingham for a capital murder suspect accused of overpowering a bailiff and escaping from the courthouse in Bessemer.

Authorities said Wednesday they had found a van that was stolen during the escape Tuesday afternoon.

They also believe the prisoner broke into the home of a woman west of Birmingham.

But officials have yet to locate the fugitive, 20-year-old Lakendall Sims of Lipscomb.

Sims fled a Jefferson County courthouse in Bessemer after overpowering a bailiff and taking his gun while being taken to a court hearing.

Sims and three other men are charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Lipscomb man last year.

Sims already is serving 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in January to rape in a sexual assault that occurred two years ago.

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