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May 15, 2013

Escape artist awaits jury’s decision

Man with a history of crimes and escapes pleads guilty to burglary charge, faces 25 to 99 years in prison


After locating Wade living under an assumed name in a stolen trailer with stolen property and driving a truck reported stolen, the Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team attempted to take him into custody on Tarrant County felony and parole violation warrants in August 2011, Tim Oglesby with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office told jurors.

However, Wade led them in a vehicle pursuit south of Weatherford that ended with a wreck in the front yard of a home on dead-end Montgomery Lane, Oglesby said, adding that the pursuit continued on foot before they lost the suspect. Despite an approximately 5-mile perimeter set up and hours of searching with two helicopters, Wade eluded authorities.

Two days later, officers located him at a family member’s home in Tarrant County and arrested him.

After his arrest, investigator James Allain obtained a search warrant for Wade’s DNA. Wade then admitted to stealing copper from the church, something that was confirmed by the DNA testing on the cigarette butt, according to testimony.

Wade told Allain that he used to burglarize homes, but it was risky and he had trouble selling the stolen items. Instead he stole copper from A/C units and could make $1,000 in 30 minutes, Wade told Allain during an interview played for jurors.

He initially denied involvement in the Aledo church copper theft, saying “I’m a Christian man,” but later admitted to the incident, telling Allain that he and a man named “Josh” were involved, according to the recording.

Allain said investigators were unable to locate the man called Josh and don’t know if he was involved.

After being found incompetent to stand trial last fall, Wade was transported to North Texas State Hospital in Wichita Falls last fall and quickly escaped custody, according to testimony.

He was rearrested about two months later and subsequently found to be competent.

Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday morning.

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