COLUMBUS, Ohio – An escaped inmate and his wife will return to Tennessee (search) to face charges in the shooting of a corrections officer during a violent getaway from a courthouse, a judge ordered Friday.
"Do you wish to challenge the legality of the extradition warrant issued for you by the governor?" Common Pleas Court Judge Eric Brown (search) asked George Hyatte during a 10-minute hearing in Columbus.
"Send me to Tennessee," the shackled and handcuffed inmate replied with a faint smile. Hyatte, 34, was serving a 41-year sentence for robbery and assault charges.
Jennifer Hyatte, 31, also said she did not want to contest the extradition warrant.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys said the couple likely would be sent back to Tennessee later Friday or Saturday.
Authorities accused Jennifer Hyatte of using a gun to ambush guards who were transporting her husband for a court appearance Aug. 9. Corrections officer Wayne Morgan, 56, was killed and Jennifer Hyatte was shot in the leg by a guard.
The couple was captured a day later at budget motel in Columbus after the cabbie who drove them to the city called police.