Accused murderer escapes custody after ‘suspected door malfunction,’ Georgia police say

Kevin David Lenix Wilson has been missing since around 8 p.m. Monday

Update: January 7, 2022. Kevin David Lenix Wilson has been apprehended, WTOC reports

By Tanasia Kenney
The Charlotte Observer
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. — A homicide suspect is still on the run after escaping custody in coastal Georgia earlier this week, authorities say.

Kevin David Lenix Wilson, 32, broke out around 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, after a “suspected door malfunction” at the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office where he was being held, according to the sheriff’s office.

He gained access to an unsecured area, deputies said, and escaped.

Kevin David Lenix Wilson
Kevin David Lenix Wilson (Effingham County Sheriff's Office)

The department said it is working with several agencies to track down Wilson, who was jailed on charges stemming from a traffic stop and pursuit in October 2020, per the sheriff’s office.

Wilson had also previously been indicted on multiple charges, including three counts of malice murder, for a separate incident in Savannah that same year.

“He is considered to be dangerous and should not be approached,” authorities said.

Anyone who has seen Wilson or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911, or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Savannah-Chatham County at 912-234-2020.

Springfield is about 26 miles northwest of Savannah.

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