Georgia Seeks Death Penalty for Two Escaped Convicts

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A Georgia prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the death penalty against a pair of inmates accused of killing two correctional officers while escaping from a prison transport bus, reports AJC.com. District Attorney Stephen Bradley made the announcement at a Putnam County court appearance for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe. The two were back in Georgia after being apprehended last Thursday night in Tennessee following a three-day manhunt. They had been held in a Rutherford County, Tenn., jail since they surrendered to a 35-year-old Mufreesboro father.

Dubose and Rowe are being charged with two counts of murder and one count each of escape and hijacking a motor vehicle. They were denied bond on Wednesday. In response to a reporter’s shouted question, Rowe said Wednesday he would plead not guilty. He and Dubose were then hustled out of the courtroom. They were wearing waist chains and leg irons. Their court appearance came the day after the funeral for the second of two correctional officers shot dead just before dawn June 13. Sgt. Christopher Monica’s funeral was Tuesday in Milledgeville, Ga. The service for Sgt. Curtis Billue was on Saturday in McIntyre, Ga.

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