Fugitive, captured in Fla., now in county jail

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Florida man who's been a fugitive from Marshall County for nearly 12 years was booked into jail here last week.

Christopher T. Showers, 41, of South Daytona, Fla., was indicted by the Marshall County Grand Jury in May 1998 on theft and forgery charges.

The 134 count indictment details 67 separate instances in which Showers charged items to the account of Martin Plant Services, then his employer. Showers allegedly bought goods at various local businesses and kept them for himself.

Between December 1996 and January 1998, Showers allegedly defrauded Martin Plant Services of $10,133.25. His purchases included one can of paint, a welding helmet and a shower stall. The purchases never cost more than a few hundred dollars at any one time.

The businesses he patronized were Lewisburg Auto Industrial and Welding, Griffin Cook & Sons Supply Inc., Mouser Electronics, Randolph & Williams Inc., and Blalock Plumbing Electrical and HVAC Inc.

Given the passage of time and the nature of criminal law, Circuit Court Clerk Elinor Foster and her predecessor, W.P. "Bo" Warner, had to renew the Marshall County bench warrant for Showers every six months, so that it showed up as active when law enforcement checked his identification, and that's what happened in Florida last month.

Foster said the warrant (technically a capias from a judge telling law enforcement officers to bring the indicted defendant to court) originally listed a bond in the amount of $50,000. When Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard heard Showers was on the way from Florida, he filed a motion to the Circuit Court asking Judge Robert Crigler to revoke the bond, and Crigler agreed on March 23.

Showers is scheduled for a bond hearing on Wednesday. His booking sheet says he has a wife and child, and is employed as an electrician by K & D Electric of Port Orange, Fla.