Adkinson, according to reports, walked away from Childersburg Community Work Center, a state facility, on June 10 while on work detail. Since then, he has been moving around, sometimes living in a tent in the woods in Cherokee and Calhoun Counties.
At the time of his capture, reports said, Adkinson was crippled by severe gangrene in his leg, which occurred as a result of a diabetic condition. Adkinson said he did not take his prescribed insulin pills regularly because he did not have an identification card and was afraid to purchase his medication because of the fear of being caught.
Adkinson, a native of the Spring Garden area, has served 18 years of a life sentence for the murder of Duck Hooper, a friend and business partner. Adkinson allegedly shot Hooper with a shotgun in the mid 1980s. The men were both in the logging and pulp business in Cherokee County, reports said.
Adkinson maintains he shot Hooper in self-defense.
While on the run, Adkinson said he stayed mostly with friends over the last few months and tried to stay away from family members to avoid getting them in trouble.
He has been rejected for parole at least eight times. In 1987, he sued the Cherokee County Commission for poor conditions in the jail, according to reports.
Apprehending Adkinson was a joint effort, said Chief Deputy Matthew Wade of the Calhoun County Sheriffs Department. Adkinson, who has lost approximately 20 pounds during his escape, was ill with severe injuries and unable to run, Wade said.
He was transferred to a holding cell in Calhoun County Jail and later transported to St. Clair Correctional facility.