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Shock Expected in White County Court this Morning for Preliminary Hearing

Zachary Shock is expected to face a preliminary hearing this morning in White County court.  It’s been six weeks since Shock, Johnny Tipton and Justin Bray escaped from the White County jail.  Shock and Tipton were set to appear Monday preliminary hearings on escape charges and criminal damage to state property, but both hearings ended up getting pushed back.

Shock briefly appeared Monday, but his attorney wasn’t present so the judge was forced to reschedule.  Tipton was in Gallatin County court Monday for a pretrial on burglary and theft charges and simply didn’t make it back in time for his hearing in White County.  He dropped in the State’s Attorney’s office Monday afternoon and waived his hearing.  Bray is no longer being housed in White County jail and Sheriff Maier reportedly says Bray won’t likely face a judge here, due to he being a federal inmate.

The escape charges carry a three to seven year sentence which would be added onto penalties for the men’s other charges if convicted.  Shock still hasn’t faced a jury for his murder trial and Tipton hasn’t been sentenced for burglary and theft.