Man charged with murder escapes Rowan County Detention Center

Published 11:58 pm Saturday, April 14, 2018

SALISBURY — A man charged with murder escaped the Rowan County Detention Center late Saturday evening.

According to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reports, inmate Timothy Clarence Smith, Jr., 32, escaped from a second floor window of the Rowan County Detention Center shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The inmate was being held without bond at the detention center. He was awaiting trial for the 2016 murder of Amanda Kay Smith, whose partially burned body was found off Leonard Road.

Timothy Smith and Stephanie Dawn Hall were charged with the crime.

Amanda Smith was the mother of then 6-year-old Gatlin, who was staying with a relative at the time of the murder. Her mobile home at 245 Honeysuckle Lane was set on fire the same day her body was found.

Timothy Smith and Amanda Smith were not related.

Both Timothy Smith and Hall face charges of felony murder, arson and robbery.

Saturday’s escapee has a history of assault and burning buildings. In 2014, he was convicted of a misdemeanor assault on female.

Timothy Smith previously served time in prison for several counts of breaking and entering that occurred in 2003.

He also served time for felony burning a public building, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon for a combined incarceration time of 11 years, 11 months and 20 days.

At the time of his escape, Timothy Smith was wearing a red jumpsuit. Deputies from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Salisbury Police Department searched all areas around the Rowan County Detention Center.

He was finally recaptured just after midnight.

Timothy Smith was arrested at an apartment in Matika Villa, off Gaskey Road, following a short foot chase. The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.

Smith will face additional charges due to his escape and his attempt to run from deputies prior to his capture.