Alleged Michigan fugitive refuses to admit identity, asks for hearing

Records show fugitive had long criminal past

SAN DIEGO - Records show a woman who was arrested this week in her Balboa Park-area apartment, 37 years after allegedly escaping from a Midwestern prison, had an extensive criminal past.

Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, was in court on Thursday and refused to admit that she is the person sought by Michigan authorities. She was ordered held without bail, pending arraignment on a fugitive complaint tomorrow and an identity hearing in about 10 days.

"In every criminal case, the accused has the right to challenge the allegations against her, and that's what she's doing right now," said Hayman's attorney, Lisa Damiani. "Our process allows us to take the Fifth Amendment, for example, in order to be able to look into the underlying facts and make a determination as to what the truth is, and find out what the truth is, and then once we find out what the truth is, make a legitimate statement to the world, so to speak."

The Back Story

San Diego police arrested Hayman in the 3500 block of First Avenue late Monday afternoon acting on information from Michigan corrections officials, said Lt. Kevin Mayer, a San Diego Police Department spokesman.

Hayman initially claimed to be someone else and provided documents bearing her alias but eventually admitted her true identity under questioning, according to Mayer. Her 32-year-old son was visiting when officers arrived and seemed "quite surprised" by the revelations about his mother, the lieutenant said.

Hayman pleaded guilty in June 1976 to an attempted larceny charge for trying to steal clothes from a Detroit-area store and was sentenced to serve between 16 months and two years in custody, according to prison officials there.

She escaped 10 months later from the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility. She remained a fugitive until this week, using various aliases, including Judy Kayman and Brenda Bushmer, while at large, officials said.

Digging Deeper

Public records of her sentence and FBI record that show she has a troubled past. Based on those records, Hayman has a long list of arrests that include grand larceny of auto parts and also the sale of heroin. It was stealing items worth less than $100 from a building that landed her in prison decades ago.

We also talked to investigators in Michigan who said they followed her aliases to California where they enlisted the help of San Diego investigators.

There was one detail that told them they had her - her eyes. They said when they compared the old, grainy mug shot to her DMV photo, her eyes looked the same.

With below-zero temperatures in Michigan, investigators had a lot of time in the office to review the cold case. They tracked down new digital copies of her fingerprints and sent them to the FBI.

10News Reporter Natasha Zouves contributed to this report

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