New Details: Escapee from Columbus County caught in Georgia while driving stolen car

Manning was arrested by authorities in Garden City, Georgia.
Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 12:13 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2023 at 12:49 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The North Carolina Department of Adult Correction has released new details about the capture of Duane Henderson Manning, a convicted killer who escaped from probation and parole officers nearly a week ago in Columbus County.

According to a news release, Manning was arrested Tuesday, September 12 by police in Garden City, Georgia while driving a stolen vehicle. Authorities held Manning in a local jail overnight, and after running a criminal check Wednesday morning, investigators discovered Manning was wanted in North Carolina. The release from NCDAC says Manning now faces charges in Georgia for obstruction of a law enforcement officer and theft by possession of stolen property. Once those charges in Georgia are resolved, he can be turned over to authorities in North Carolina.

Manning had fled law enforcement on Thursday, Sept. 7, as he was being transported to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility.

Manning had been out on parole following his conviction for a 1994 SC murder.

“Through an interstate agreement, which is common, he was under supervised parole in North Carolina. He had recently been convicted of forgery and assault on a government official (law enforcement) in Columbus County, which was a pending violation of his South Carolina parole. As officers were bringing him into the Columbus County Jail, he fled,” NCDAC Communications Officer Brad Deen said about Manning.

In the original case, Manning was convicted after the shooting death of Guy Lovette and gunshot wounds received by Carolyn Lilly on the night of May 16, 1994. The two lived on Glenwood Drive in Green Sea, SC, according to an affidavit from the Horry County Police Department.

The affidavit says that another Lovette went to Guy Lovette’s home and found him laying on the doorsteps, and that he saw Duane Manning exit the home with a 12 gauge shotgun. It continues to say that the man disarmed Manning of the shotgun. Manning was arrested the next morning outside of a home in Tabor City at around 1 a.m.