For Immediate Release - December 06, 2010

Escapee From Salem District Court Arraigned

Karl Hackney, 45, of Lynn, who allegedly escaped from Salem District Court today before being captured a short time later just a couple blocks away, pleaded not guilty to escape this afternoon in Salem District Court.

Hackney, who was scheduled to be arraigned today in Salem Superior Court on gun and assault charges stemming from a June 2 incident in Lynn, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail by Judge Robert Brennan. He returns to Salem District Court on December 21 for a probable cause hearing.

Hackney attempted to plead guilty today on the escape charge, but the judge declined to accept his guilty plea in order to allow the Commonwealth to present the case to the grand jury for indictment.

Hackney also faces other firearms and drug charges stemming from a June 3 incident in Lynn, as well as charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a public employee for allegedly striking a probation officer in Salem Superior Court. In addition he faces a charge of open and gross lewdness in Lynn District Court.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kristen Buxton said that as Hackney was being led up a back stairwell late this morning, he escaped out a side door and fled.

Hackney was represented today by Attorney Christopher Norris.