Witness Testimony Wraps Up In Jailbreak Trial

By: Whitney Holmes
By: Whitney Holmes

March 16, 2005

Wednesday, March 16 was the second day of the trial involving three men who allegedly tried to violently break out of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on August 14, 2004.

The trial started with six defendants, but only three are on trial after two received a continuance and another, Victor Alfonso Becerra, pleaded guilty.

Antinne Anderson and Michael Carpenter are charged with abduction, assault, and attempt to escape. Timothy Wayne Jason Lee Mawyer is charged with abduction and assault.

The trial wrapped up its witness testimony on Wednesday. The Commonwealth had two key witnesses, the two corrections officers assaulted and taken hostage during the incident.

Seventy-four year-old Officer Harold Terry said he was beaten and hog-tied by the defendants.

Officer Joseph Woodson testified to being assaulted and held hostage.

Woodson also said he saw Carpenter break a window and try to pry the bars apart with a broom.

Woodson said he was able to persuade the defendants to release Terry and give up.

Mawyer's Defense lawyer called one of the defendants who received a continuance as a witness, Thomas Clayton Dudley, but he invoked his fifth amendment right to a question that implicated his involvement in the incident.

Closing statements will begin Thursday, March 17th at 9 a.m.

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