Georgia inmates accused in deadly prison bus escape face judge

Oceane Deschanel
Junho 22, 2017

A prosecutor in Georgia said Wednesday he will seek the death penalty for two inmates accused of killing two corrections officers while escaping from a prison bus.

Channel 2 Action News has learned that Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose will make their first appearance in the Putnam County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m.

Murder suspects Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe, who fled to Tennessee after corrections officers Curtis Billue and Christopher Monica were shot and killed June 13, were whisked back to Georgia in the wee hours of the morning. "But I also want to carry our burden of being candid with this court and be fair with the defendants, and tell them that based on everything we know at this point that this is very clearly a death penalty case".

"Due to the nature of this crime, there is no bond set", said Judge Brenda Trammell, Superior Court Judge.

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A two-day manhunt ensued before the inmates were caught in a rural area of Tennessee, near the city of Shelbyville. Bradley said he planned to seek the death penalty.

Rowe and Dubose sat shackled side by side in the courtroom.

Dubose and Rowe are both also charged with motor vehicle hijacking for reportedly stealing a auto belonging to a Putnam County man following their bus escape. They inmates waived their extradition to Putnam County, which is 78 miles east of Atlanta. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says the reward will be paid out, according to WGCL, but it's not yet clear yet who will receive it.

Rowe was serving a sentence of up to life in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case. They escaped a prison transport and were on the run for a couple of days before surrendering here in Rutherford County. Those inmates provided assistance to investigators, officials said. Denise Billue said. "All I can do is say that I immediately, when this took place, I immediately forgave them".

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