OKLAHOMA CITY — Prosecutors say an Oklahoma City man won't face charges after an investigation into an inmate who escaped from a Maryland prison and turned himself into police earlier this month.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/188fF7V) prosecutors didn't find sufficient evidence to charge Joe Byrd with extortion.
Anthony Rackley had told police Byrd had blackmailed him after Rackley told Byrd he'd escaped from prison in 1980.
Oklahoma City police arrested 62-year-old Rackley Nov. 4.
Rackley told police he told Byrd about 10 years ago that he was a fugitive.
He told police Byrd initially said he didn't care about Rackley's status, but later told Rackley he wanted a larger share of the money they raised for the Belle Isle Lions Club.
Byrd denied ever extorting Rackley and welcomed the decision by prosecutors.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com