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December 12, 2007

Lowndes County - A Florida murder suspect, who tried to hang himself in the Lowndes County Jail, is being returned to Tampa.

24 year-old Timothy Blackwelder waived extradition Wednesday and will face charges in the shooting death of George Anthony Stewart Jr.

Police say he shot Stewart in front of his two young children then took off with Stewart's estranged wife, Brittani, before being caught in Lowndes County.  Law enforcers here are glad to see him go.

The signs of struggle were visible when Timothy Blackwelder shuffled into court Wednesday morning.  14 guards closely followed him in case he tried to escape again.

"Last night at the hospital, they had to take the restraints off him to take care of some medical procedures and he attempted once again to escape from our officers and it took about eight of our people to restrain him at the hospital," says Captain JD Yeager of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

He was at the hospital because he tried to hang himself in the Lowndes County Jail Sunday night. 

In fact, Blackwelder's been nothing but trouble since he was arrested Saturday.  "I am very happy to get him out of the Lowndes County jail.  There's a lot of manpower involved in a case like this.  It cost us!  It cost us a lot more to house an inmate on a capitol charge like this, especially a suicide and escape risk," Yeager adds.

So one of his last stops in Valdosta was inside this courtroom where he signed a waiver of extradition.

Police in Tampa say they are still working out the details of the extradition but hope to have him back in Florida in the next few days.

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