Man Charged With Murder Escapes From County Jail

Bryan County authorities are searching for a man charged with murder who escaped from the county jail.

The search for 26-year-old Raymond Jay Stewart continued on Sunday.

Sheriff Ken Golden told reporters that Stewart escaped about 1:15 p.m. Saturday. Golden says Stewart had asked to take a shower and when a door was opened to allow a visitor inside, Stewart pushed his way past an officer and escaped through a back door.

Stewart was being held on $1 million bond after being charged with first-degree murder in March the beating death of 32-year-old Steven Lee Sessums of Mead.