Inmate who escaped prison, killing correctional officer, leading investigators on 5-day manhunt, was captured.

4 month ago

Tennessee news.

Curtis Watson, 44, an "extremely dangerous" detainee, escaped from prison last week after apparently killing a prison officer and key investigators during a five-day manhunt in Tennessee been captured Sunday, officials said.

Watson, escaped Wednesday from West Tennessee State Penitentiary after being released from the facility at 7 am to carry out lawn mowing on a daily basis, according to the State Corrections Department.

Around eleven o'clock in the morning, prison officials realized that employee Debra Johnson was missing after she did not show up for work.

His body was discovered by colleagues shortly after discovering his disappearance. Investigators reported being sexually assaulted and strangled to death.

Correctional officers saw Watson drive a golf cart to Johnson's house around 8:30 am According to officials, between 9:00 am and 10:00 am, the inmate "took a tractor and a reflective jacket from the prison and left".

Investigators said they received nearly 400 information about the detainee's disappearance and offered a reward of up to $ 57,000 for information that led to his capture and conviction.