A Wichita Falls man who’s gained notoriety for alleged child murders that he was eventually acquitted on, is once again behind bars.
Jerry Hobbs, 48, has numerous arrests for escapes, chases and other crimes, and he’s jailed in Archer City following a chase from Highway 79 into Wichita Falls. He’s charged with evading arrest and possession of meth.
Archer County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Simon Dwyer said Hobbs was speeding on Highway 79 on Sept. 4 then led a deputy on a pursuit down Kemp before stopping near the state hospital on Church Street which is near his home.
Dwyer said Hobbs then ran but was quickly caught by the deputy. He said Hobbs was in possession of meth.
Hobbs was released on parole for his last Wichita County convictions in May 2017 that included evading arrest.
Before that, Hobbs was in prison in Oklahoma, and in June 2015, authorities said he escaped from a correctional center in Fort Supply, Oklahoma, and was caught after jumping into a lake.
A few months before that, Hobbs led Clay County authorities on a chase and manhunt around Lake Arrowhead.
Hobbs returned to Wichita Falls in 2010 after spending five years behind bars awaiting trial in Illinois for the alleged murders of his 8-year-old daughter and friend.
Police said he confessed, but Hobbs claimed the confession was obtained through coercion and exhaustion. He was eventually cleared of that through DNA evidence which was linked to another man.
He was reportedly awarded $6 million in damages.
Hobbs moved to Illinois after serving time for an incident in a Wichita Falls trailer park in which police said he chased three men with a chainsaw.