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.

 

Blogs

Reward Offered After Luke Bryan’s Pet Deer Illegally Shot & Killed

Reward Offered After Luke Bryan’s Pet Deer Illegally Shot & Killed

A red stag deer owned by Luke Bryan was shot and killed on his property in Maury County, Tennessee, which is approximately 45 miles southwest of Nashville. According to a Facebook post by the Maury County Sheriff’s Department, the red stag was shot between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6. A $5,000 reward has been offered…

Old Dominion Scores 8th No. 1 Hit With “One Man Band”

Old Dominion Scores 8th No. 1 Hit With “One Man Band”

The guys from Old Dominion—Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung, Brad Tursi and Whit Sellers—scored their eighth No. 1 single this week as “One Man Band” ascended to the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart. Penned by Josh Osborne with Old Dominion’s Matthew, Trevor and Brad, “One Man Band” fits…

Weather

  • Forecast
  • Currents
  • Planner