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Escape plot suspect will remain jailed

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The man accused of trying to break an inmate out of death row will stay in jail at least through the weekend.

Donald Kohut, 34, of Flemington, N.J., is accused of conspiring to bribe a prison guard to help Christa Gail Pike escape.   At a hearing Wednesday, his bond was set at $250,000.

Kohut is waiting for a GPS tracking device, which will allow him to travel back to New Jersey if he posts bail.

He is due back in court at the end of this month.  On Friday, a judge ordered Kohut not to have any contact with Pike.

Pike, originally from West Virginia, was sentenced to death in 1996 for the murder of a fellow Knoxville Job Corps student. Colleen Slemmer, 18, was stabbed and beaten by Pike and Tadaryl Shipp, Pike's boyfriend at the time, on the University of Tennessee's agricultural campus in January 1995.

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