West TN Escaped Convict Set to Appear in Court Wednesday

(AP)  The Tennessee convict suspected of killing a corrections administrator before escaping prison on a tractor is due in court Wednesday for arraignment on first degree murder charges.

Authorities caught 44-year-old Curtis Ray Watson Sunday, a few days after his escape from prison.  The TBI says Watson was on lawn mowing duty when he sexually assaulted and strangled a Department of Corrections administrator employee last week at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning.

TBI says Watson escaped prison grounds, and the tractor was found nearby. Authorities launched an intense manhunt after Debra Johnson’s body was found with a cord wrapped around her neck Wednesday morning.

Tennessee’s governor says protocol was followed by prison officials prior to the escape of a Tennessee convict suspected of killing a Department of Corrections employee, but hard questions remain.

Gov. Bill Lee told reporters Monday his administration wants to examine Correction protocols after the death of the 64-year-old department employee.

 

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