UPDATE: Mohawk couple charged with helping escaped Greene Co. convict


A couple from the Mohawk community in Greene County has been charged with aiding an escaped inmate who stole a city-owned truck while on a work detail over the weekend.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department confirmed Jeremy Brandon Woodby, 37, and Melinda Elizabeth Babb, 23, are both charged with being accessories after the fact and are scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Wednesday.

Investigators said that Woodby admitted to riding with Charles Lawson, Jr., 24, in the stolen truck and allowed the convict to stay in his cabin before telling him to leave Monday morning.

The report also said that Babb was in possession of several cell phones that included text communications with Lawson and Woodby admitted to police that Babb was there to transport Lawson away from the cabin.

Police said the inmate was working Sunday when he took a City of Greeneville pickup truck and drove off. He later spray painted the truck black and was involved in a police chase on Monday where he escaped capture.

The couple is being held on a $10,000 bond while Lawson is still on the loose. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call (423) 798-1800.

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