A murder suspect who escaped from a mental hospital in Columbia on Thursday has been apprehended in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says 39-year-old Jason Carter was taken into custody without incident at a motel along I-40 west of Nashville.

Carter had been working at a supply business on the campus of Bryan Psychiatric Hospital off Farrow Road in Columbia when he left without permission yesterday.

Oconee County sheriff's deputies say Carter shot his mother and stepfather at their Seneca home in March 2006, wrapped their bodies in plastic, then locked them in a basement.

Investigators believe he stayed in the room with the bodies for three days until police arrived to check on Kevin and Debra Ann Perkins.

Carter was found mentally incompetent to stand trial and was involuntarily committed.