Court appearance set for inmate accused of killing prison employee

Court appearance set for inmate accused of killing prison employee
Curtis Watson (Source: TBI)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The man accused of killing a prison employee before escaping will appear in court Wednesday.

Curtis Ray Watson was captured Sunday after days on the lam. He escaped from West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday. Officials said he sexually assaulted and killed Debra Johnson, a Department of Corrections administrator, before escaping.

Watson was found coming out of a soybean field just miles away from the prison. He faces new charges of first-degree murder, aggravated sexual battery, especially aggravated burglary and escape.

There’s a possibility Watson could face the death penalty.

Curtis Ray Watson captured

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