Defendant Back In Court After Escape Attempt

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Mug shot of Israel Keyes. (credit: Anchorage Police Department)

Mug shot of Israel Keyes. (credit: Anchorage Police Department)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 34-year-old man charged in the fatal kidnapping of a barista returned to court two days after he broke his leg irons and tried to escape.

Israel Keyes wore leg irons and handcuffs when he appeared Friday under heavy guard by U.S. Marshals at U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

Keyes is charged with kidnapping resulting in 18-year-old Samantha Koenig’s death. Koenig was abducted Feb. 1 from the Anchorage coffee stand where she worked. Her body was recovered April 2 from a lake.

Friday’s proceeding continued a hearing halted Wednesday when Keyes tried to scale the bar separating the public from the defendant’s table. He was quickly subdued.

The dramatic escape attempt was caught by a court audio recording.

At Friday’s hearing, Keyes’ trial date was scheduled for March 11, 2013.

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