A man charged in the killings of his mother and stepfather eight years ago was arrested Friday morning at a Williamson County motel after escaping from a South Carolina mental facility Thursday.
Jason Carter, 39, was taken into custody at the Fairview Inn and Suites located on Highway 96 off Interstate 40 in Fairview, about 30 miles west of Nashville.
Carter was charged with murdering his mother and stepfather in March 2006. Police said Carter wrapped their bodies in plastic bags and dumped them in a basement.
He was ruled incompetent to stand trial in 2009 and committed to the Bryan Psychiatric Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.
Carter was working in a supply building on the hospital's campus when he was discovered missing Thursday afternoon.
According to a release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Carter stole a van and later purchased a Chevrolet Lumina.
Friday morning, South Carolina authorities pinged his cell phone and advised that he may be traveling west on I-40 near exit 182.
A "be on the lookout" was issued and 30 minutes, around 7 a.m., an officer located Carter's vehicle at the Fairview Inn.
Further investigation revealed that Carter had checked in to the hotel at approximately 4:30 a.m.
Carter was taken into custody without incident around 9:15 a.m. and booked into the Williamson County jail.
He will eventually be extradited back to South Carolina.