Convicted Murderer Who Broke Out Of Prison A Decade Ago Escapes Again

Calvin Adams was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a bank's vice president and his pregnant wife, then killing the man when he couldn't get him access to the bank's vault.

By M.L. Nestel

A manhunt is underway to bring a convicted murdering escape artist back to an Arkansas prison. 

Calvin Adams, 49, vanished early Monday morning “after a Unit-wide” roll call at the East Arkansas Regional Unit located in the Brickeys, Arkansas, which is about a 45-minute drive from Memphis, Tennessee, officials confirmed.

“He is currently at-large,” an Arkansas Department of Corrections official told Oxygen.com.
 
Adams has sprung from prison before. 

On May 29, 2009, Adams and another inmate strolled out of the Cummins Unit in Grady, Arkansas wearing guard uniforms and sped off in a car that was parked in prison’s parking lot, according to KAIT 8, a television station based in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Both inmates were tracked down in Hornell, New York four days later, according to The Evening Tribune. He was sentenced to an additional six years for the attempt.

The brown-haired, brown-eyed Adams is described as standing 5'7" and weighing 180 pounds.

He is serving a life sentence without parole for the 1995 kidnapping of Richard Austin and his pregnant wife, Cassandra Austin, from their home in order to rob the Leachville State Bank. 

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Austin worked as the bank's vice president, according to KAIT.

When Adams learned the banker wasn’t able to gain access to the bank vault, he drove the couple to a remote levee, shot them, and then tried to destroy the evidence by torching the car.
 
Richard Austin died at the scene from three gunshot wounds. Cassandra, who was shot in her chest and head, managed to reach a farmhouse by foot to get help, KAIT reported.
 
Local law enforcement and FBI agents caught up to Adams that same day and charged him for kidnapping, arson, attempted murder, and capital murder.

Anyone with information about Adams' whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately.

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