PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- The search for escaped murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat continues to focus on the area near the prison as their alleged accomplice was back in court Monday.
Joyce Mitchell traveled 2 1/2 hours from Rensselaer County to Clinton County — but Mitchell's court date Monday barely lasted 2 1/2 minutes.
The 51-year-old suspended prison worker was silent going in and silent coming out.
A judge set bail for Mitchell, who was in black and white stripped prison clothing and what appeared to be a bulletproof vest, at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.
Mitchell stands accused of providing tools to convicted inmates Matt and Sweat -- a move contributing to the convicted killers escape.
Monday's appearance was merely procedural for Mitchell, one to change attorneys due to a conflict of interest before waiving the hearing altogether.
She will appear next in Clinton County Court.
"This obviously has become a national media, high-profile case," Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said.
Outside court, Wylie did not rule out more arrests aside from Mitchell, for the escape.
He also alluded to what may have been Mitchell's plan for her husband with the two escapees.
"An agreement between Joyce Mitchell and both Matt and Sweat, as to whether they were going to harm Lyle Mitchell — I'm not going to comment on that," Wylie said.
The search rolled into its 10th day Monday, but kids went back to school for the first time last Wednesday, with no outdoor activities, and under the watchful eye of sheriff's deputies and state troopers.
"These guys are supposedly still out there, so it's very nerve-wracking," said Maurice Hebert, a Saranac School District parent. "It is scary, because you can't have your kids outside playing? That's a sad thing, when you think about it."
There were no new updates from State Police Monday in regard to the search, and no indication when — or if — the search will end.
More than 800 searchers are here, canvassing more than a 1,000 acres of forest for the inmates with still much more to go.