Man Skips Out On Trial; Jury Still Convicts

A man in Beaufort County court this week left for a break...and never came back. Now he's a fugitive on the run.

Authorities are looking for Rondell Sanders. He was in court Wednesday for an armed robbery charge.

During his trial, a recess was taken and deputies say Sanders took off.

The trial continued without him on Thursday and the jury found him guilty.

"This is kind of rare, it has happened in the past. Anytime someone's out on bond, not in custody, they are free to go just like anyone else in the courtroom," said Captain Kenneth Watson.

Now Crimestoppers is offering a reward to anyone who has information that leads to Sanders apprehension.

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  • by Ned Location: edward on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    try looking in aurora for him. after all he grew up there.
  • by Lavon is Correct Location: Wash-n-ton on Nov 21, 2009 at 04:22 PM
    Re:To Lavon at 1:51 PM. Magistrates are NOT appointed by the Clerk of Court. They are appointed by the Chief Superior Court Judge. Besides, at this point in the game, a judge has had the opportunity to set bail on this guy. Sounds like you are not a fan of our Clerk? I think he does a fine job. He has made alot of good changes since the old regime left. Barney Fife out back could learn a few things from him. I bet that MoonPie and PepsiCola are tasting good right now.
  • by Too Lavon on Nov 21, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    This person was not in custody and out on bond so he COULD NOT be handcuffed. This shows the Sheriff's know what their doing. So know what your typing about before you type it.
  • by TO LAVON Location: WASHINGTON on Nov 21, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    Magistrates set bond amounts, not deputies. Magistrates are appointed by the Clerk of Court who is VOTED in.
  • by I could have told you that Location: Beaufort County on Nov 21, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    Pirate Lady is right. BCSD-what a joke. The "fugitive" is probably at home watching the Flintstones, sipping a Pepsi and enjoying a MoonPie.
  • by Lavon Location: Greenville on Nov 21, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    Dave: That was a pretty lame comment, can't you come up with something better than that. Also why was this thug not being held during trail, armed robbery? come on Beaufort county. that is just sad.. Says alot about your sheriff's dept... Next murderers will not be in handcuffs during breaks.
  • by read the story Location: everywhere on Nov 21, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    Pirate Lady, it plainly says, on bond a person is free to come and go as they wish in the court.. They violate his rights you would fuss about that too
  • by Bob Location: Greenville on Nov 21, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    He was out on bail, so no one had to watch him. At the time of his case, he was not in custody. My question is, why did he even show up to court if he was just going to take off?
  • by DK Location: Greenville on Nov 21, 2009 at 04:24 AM
    He was out on bond. He is not required to be watched.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:11 PM
    How did he get away? Was he not being watched?
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