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Convicted Killer Tim Kirk Marries Nashville Woman Behind Bars

August 15, 1985 GMT

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A convicted killer who gained national attention after he escaped two years ago with his attorney was back in his cell today following his wedding at the state prison here.

William Timothy Kirk, who with attorney Mary Evans was at large for 139 days in 1983, was wed Wednesday to Mary K. Paris of Nashville.

Kirk, 38, changed his prison stripes for blue slacks and a light blue shirt for the ceremony. The bride, 31, wore a knee-length white dress.

The service was conducted by Tom Gamblin, chaplain at the Bledsoe County Regional Correctional Facility, said prison spokesman Wayne Measles.

″Everything went smoothly. They were married in the maximum security block’s exercise pen,″ Measles said. ″It’s got walls on all sides but the top is just covered by a screen.″

The marriage was attended by Measles, three correctional guards and two of the bride’s relatives.

After the 10-minute, non-denominational ceremony, the wedding couple was allowed to visit for two hours under the constant supervision of the three correctional officers, Measles said.

″From now on she’ll be able to visit him two hours a week in the maximum- security wing. Those are the rules for everybody in that wing,″ Measles said.

Prison officials said they did not know how the two met.

Kirk, then held at the Brushy Mountain Pentitentiary, escaped in March 1983 when Ms. Evans slipped him a gun during a visit to an Oak Ridge psycologist’s office.

Ms. Evans was preparing Kirk’s defense on charges he killed two fellow Brushy inmates while he served a a 65-year sentence for armed robbery.

Kirk was convicted in absentia of manslaughter and of armed escape upon his return. Ms. Evans was sentenced to three years in prison for aiding and abetting Kirk’s escape and served 11 months before winning parole. She married in May and is completing her parole in Florida.