Prosecutors seek death penalty for escaped convict
RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) – State prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty in the trial of a Tennessee convict charged with killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison on a tractor.
Lauderdale County district attorney Mark Davidson said Tuesday that he has filed a notice of intent to seek death if Curtis Ray Watson is convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of longtime Tennessee Department of Correction administrator Debra Johnson.
Watson has been indicted on 15 counts including premeditated murder and rape. He hasn’t entered a plea in the case.
Judge Joe Walker set a trial date for October 26.