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Escapee wasn't in county, but manhunt shakes up area residents

Friday, August 10, 2012

An intense manhunt for an escaped murderer ended with his capture in Marshall County on Thursday afternoon.

Residents of western Bedford County were on the alert for the possible presence of Kenneth Ryan Mallady, 35, who had escaped from a halfway house in Antioch.

No 'visit'

Local officials don't think he ever entered the county, but were looking after reports a man fitting his description was seen on State Highway 64 in Marshall County.

Almost all on-duty deputies and at least one Shelbyville police officer searched the area along with a Tennessee Bureau of Identification agent.

Reports of possible sightings were called in from a store on Highway 64, Gant Road and Perryman Lane.

Alerts issued

Some in the western Bedford County area have complained on social media of lack of notification, but a Code Red alert was issued by telephone to residents of the Wheel and Bedford areas at the request of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department.

The Times-Gazette had the search highlighted on its website, t-g.com. within two minutes after officers were first alerted of Mallady's possile presence.

Updates were issued regularly on the website until Mallady was found.

Arrest resisted

Mallady resisted arrest when captured near Henry Horton State Park, Nashville media reported. He is schizophrenic and had not been taking his medication, officers were told by radio Thursday.

He killed his mother, decapitating her, and gouged out his stepfather's eyes in an attempt to kill him in Hickman County in 2003. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and had been released to the halfway house following an appeals court decision earlier this year.