A Tennessee convict accused of killing a corrections secretary and escaping prison before leading police on a multi-day manhunt is set to face a judge.
Curtis Ray Watson is scheduled to appear at a Tennessee courtroom Wednesday for arraignment on charges including murder and aggravated sexual battery in 64-year old Debra Johnson’s killing.
Police say the 44-year old Watson was on lawn mowing responsibilities at West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Aug. 7 when he went to Johnson’s house on prison grounds and murdered her. Police say Watson then escaped on a tractor.
Watson eluded authorities until his arrest Sunday. He was found hours after he had been seen by surveillance cameras out of a home in Henning, 10 kilometers (16 km ) in the prison.
Watson has been serving a 15-year sentence for especially aggravated kidnapping.