Stuart Douglas Candis (left), Larry Jefferson Burge (center) and Ladarious Brown (Jail photos)
WACO (September 18, 2012)--A former Texas Juvenile Justice Department officer who was accused of aiding three juveniles escape the JJD facility in Mart last July has been cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury.
In spite of video evidence that showed Veronica Shay McCoy, 40, watched the three juveniles escape under a perimeter fence, grand jurors returned a no bill in her case.
The three juveniles who set off a massive search last July near Mart, however, all were indicted for escape from a correctional facility.
Stuart Douglas Candis, 17, Larry Jefferson Burge, 18; and Ladarious Brown, 18; all remained in custody Tuesday morning in the McLennan County Jail.
Brown was ordered held on bonds totaling $23,000, charged with escape and two counts of theft out of Lamar County.
Burge and Candis both were ordered held on a $10,000 bond charged with escape.
All three were also ordered held without bond for the Juvenile Justice Department.
Jim Hurley, public information officer for TJJD in Austin, said in July the three were able to escape by crawling under a fence.
Two of the juveniles were sentenced to TJJD for assault and one for aggravated robbery, although state law prohibits TJJD from saying which was charged with which crimes.
Hurley also said both administrative and criminal investigations are underway at the Mart facility with respect to the escapes.
The three escaped the Texas Juvenile Justice Department facility at Mart on July 15 and were re-captured around 8:15 p.m. that night near the intersection of Thompson Road and Calvery Eskew Road in Mart.
Earlier that evening authorities were searching for the three teenagers along Battle Lake Road, checking abandoned barns and structures.
An around 8 p.m., an officer spotted the three as they ran into a wooded area.
Mart police and McLennan County sheriff's deputies surrounded the area and were able to flush out the teens and take them into custody.