....they're still looking for him http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060126/NEWS01/601260394/1008/ARCHIVES Man freed from jail to take organ-donor tests for son flees By Jessie Halladay firstname.lastname@example.org The Courier-Journal A man awaiting sentencing on federal drug and gun charges is a fugitive after he failed to return to custody when he was released for medical tests to determine whether he could be a kidney donor. Byron Keith Perkins, 37, was freed this week from the Oldham County jail on a $10,000 bond so he could learn whether he could provide a transplant for his 15-year-old son, according to court records But Perkins missed a Tuesday medical appointment and did not return that afternoon to the jail, said Chuck Gilbert of the U.S. Marshals Service. U.S. Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer ordered Perkins' release. His order included several requirements, including that Perkins stay with his mother in Campbellsville while not at a doctor's appointment. His probation officer was routinely checking with Perkins to make sure he was where he was supposed to be, said Marisa Ford, chief of the U.S. attorney's criminal division. Perkins had been released for tests Jan. 15 and returned when he was supposed to on Jan. 19. He was released for more tests this week. Gilbert said marshals believe that Perkins left his mother's home yesterday with his girlfriend, who also is a fugitive with a felony warrant out of Green County, Ky. Perkins had been held in federal custody awaiting sentencing on charges of marijuana distribution and unlawful transport of firearms. He faces a minimum of 25 years in prison on those charges. Those charges were filed while Perkins was serving a supervised release from a sentence in North Carolina for bank robbery. He also has a pending charge of armed robbery in Green County, Gilbert said. Perkins previously had asked to be released pending his court hearings but was denied. The U.S. attorney's office had objected, arguing that he missed previous court appearances and has a violent history. Moyer declined to comment on his decision to release Perkins. The U.S. attorney's office did not object to Perkins' release for medical tests because the judge had confirmation from a medical professional that Perkins was the only viable donor for his son, Ford said. She said the marshals service lacked the staffing to keep Perkins under constant guard during the testing, so the alternative release program was set up. Ford said the decision to release Perkins was a difficult one, but "we believed the health interests of the minor were worth the risk." Additional charges, including escape, will be sought against Perkins once he's found, Ford said.