Escaped inmate William Hewett in restraints for first court appearance

Escaped inmate William Hewett in restraints for first court appearance

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Strapped to a chair and surrounded by three officers, William Earl Hewett appeared before a judge Wednesday for the first time after he escaped from the Brunswick County Detention Center.

The prosecutor claimed Hewett threatened to hurt every officer involved in his arrest Tuesday, and a mouth guard was fastened around his face to prevent him from spitting as he sat in the courtroom listening to his latest charges: escape from county facility, burning personal property, and injury to personal property.

Hewett's arrest warrants claim Hewett set fire to a man's truck with "the intent to injure or prejudice" him, in addition to fleeing from the detention center to elude arrest.

The judge ruled to keep bond at $3 million, and Hewett was wheeled back to his jail cell with an impassive stare.

Six other people appeared before a judge Wednesday in connection to Hewett's escape, all charged with accessory after the fact and harboring a fugitive:

  • Katherine Hewett Carter, mother, was also charged with drug paraphernalia.
  • Earl A. Carter, stepfather, was also charged with possession of marijuana.
  • Caitlin Olivia Moyer, girlfriend
  • Tanna Lynn Hewett, aunt
  • Robert Wayne Hewett, cousin
  • Audrey Muncey Thompson, family friend

The judge upheld the $1.5 million bond for all but two - Tanna Hewett and Robert Hewett. Their bonds were reduced to $1 million after their defense attorneys argued the two are not involved in Hewett's escape or hiding, and they claim to have the evidence they think they need to back it up in court.

The other four people charged opted for court-appointed attorneys.

The next court date for everyone involved is scheduled for February 23.

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