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Court hearing delayed for White County escapees

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CARMI, Ill. -- Two men charged with escape from the White County Jail waited Monday for their turn in court, but neither man had his hearing. 

It's been six weeks since three inmates escaped from the jail. Monday, two of those men, Zachary Shock and Johnny Tipton were supposed to appear in court. Both men were set for preliminary hearings on escape charges and criminal damage to state supported property, but both hearings were pushed back. 

Sheriff Doug Maier escorted Shock to the courtroom for a brief appearance, but Shock's attorney wasn't present, so the judge had to reschedule. 

"I think they had the same attorney appointed with three different individuals, they are going to have three different attorneys, represent each individual," said Sheriff Maier. 

Tipton was in Gallatin county court Monday morning for a pretrial on his burglary and theft charges and didn't make it back in time for his hearing on escape charges. 

Justin Bray, the third inmate who escaped, is no longer being housed in White County and likely won't face a judge in the county either. 

"I believe they are looking at him for possible federal charges. He was a federal inmate, so his escape may very well be taken care of in that venue," said Sheriff Maier. 

Sheriff Maier says the escape charges carry a three to seven year sentence tacked onto penalties for the inmates' other charges. Shock still hasn't faced a jury on his murder charges and Tipton doesn't know how long he'll serve for burglary and theft. 

Shock and Tipton's preliminary hearings on escape charges have been pushed back to Wednesday morning.

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