Man sentenced to life in prison leaves ETX courthouse during trial break

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 12:32pm

Authorities issued a warrant for a Dallas man's arrest Thursday after he skipped out on a life sentence.

During a court break, Nicky Charune Agnew, 37, of Dallas, left the Smith County courthouse during break and never returned, according to Civil Coordinator Terry Cockrum.

The 7th District Court called for a lunch recess at around 10:45 a.m. and resumed at 1:00 p.m. Judge Kerry L. Russell sentenced Agnew to life behind bars following a returned guilty verdict by the jury. The convict had been in court for a possession of a controlled substance charge.

According to state law, if the defendent does not return during trial, the court is allowed to proceed. Agnew was not held by bailiffs because he had bonded out on $150,000.

Cockrum stated Agnew had at least eight criminal prior convictions with the majority in Dallas County.

Agnew remains at large. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact your local authorities or the Smith County Crime Stoppers at 903-597-2833.

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