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Day 3 of search for inmate yields new details on escape as victim’s family questions why she was kil

Day 3 of search for inmate yields new details on escape as victim’s family questions why she was kil


Richard: TONIGHT — THEY’RE SEARCHING EVERYWHERE FOR CURTIS RAY WATSON.. BUT HAVEN’T FOUND A TRACE OF HIM ANYWHERE. NOT A PIECE OF CLOTHING.. NOT A WITNESS SPOTTING. NOTHING. THANKS FOR JOINING US. I’M RICHARD RANSOM. KATINA HAS THE NIGHT OFF. THE MANHUNT FOR ESCAPED INMATE CURTIS RAY WATSON INTENSIFIED TODAY…WITH FRESH HELP FROM MEMPHIS AND COLLIERVILLE POLICE. THESE PHOTOS SHOW WHAT WATSON WAS WEARING BEFORE HE TOOK OFF WEDNESDAY FROM THE WEST TENNESSEE STATE PENITENTIARY IN HENNING. HE’S CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATOR – DEBRA JOHNSON. INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE WAS RAPED AND THEN STRANGLED. IN HONOR OF HER COMMITMENT TO CORRECTIONS.. AND HER TRAGIC DEATH.. THE STATE HAD A PROCESSION THAT STARTED IN MEMPHIS … TRAVELING ALONG I-40… AND ENDING IN NASHVILLE. THAT’S WHERE JOHNSON WILL BE BURIED. LOCAL 24 NEWS REPORTER BRAD BRODERS IS LIVE NEAR THE PRISON IN HENNING TONIGHT….. ABOUT 60 MILES NORTH OF MEMPHIS. BRAD Brad: RICHARD – CHECKPOINTS REMAIN FOR EVERYONE LEAVING A MILES LONG AREA AROUND THAT PRISON IN THIS ONGOING SEARCH FOR CURTIS RAY WATSON. TONIGHT – AS WE LEARNED NEW DETAILS ABOUT WATSON’S SEARCH AND JOHNSON’S MURDER – WE ALSO HEARD MORE ABOUT JOHNSON’S LENGTHY CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE. BRAD BRODERS/REPORTIN G: Keli McAlister/TBI: Since we’ve had no credible sightings, he could be anywhere.” IT’S AN AROUND THE CLOCK SEARCH ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR FOR CURTIS RAY WATSON. THREE DAYS – AND MORE THAN 250 TIPS LATER – INVESTIGATORS PRESS ON FOR THEIR NEEDED BREAK. Keli McAlister/TBI: This is a very dangerous man, a very dangerous fugitive and we want to catch him.” ACCORDING TO THIS AFFIDAVIT RELEASED TODAY – INVESTIGATORS SAID CURTIS RAY WATSON TOOK A TRACTOR AND REFLECTIVE VEST WEDNESDAY MORNING TO THE HOME OF ADMINISTRATOR DEBRA JOHNSON ON PRISON GROUNDS – SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AND STRANGLED HER – AND TOOK OFF. Keli McAlister/TBI: The actions that we did know about should put everyone on high alert.” WITH WATSON STILL ON THE RUN – AUTHORITIES URGE THOSE LIVING NEAR THE PRISON IN LAUDERDALE COUNTY TO KEEP THEIR EYES OPEN FOR ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY. Keli McAlister/TBI: “If you live in this area and you have property, you have a shed, you have an outdoor freezer, check that freezer, see if food is missing.” AS THE SEARCH FOR WATSON CONTINUES IN WEST TENNESSEE – IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE – WHERE DEBRA JOHNSON WORKED – HER CHILDREN SHARED THEIR GRIEF.. Mychal Austin/Son of Debra Johnson: “we are going to keep on moving, we are going to keep on progressing, we are going to keep on doing your work here on earth.” ….WHILE HER FORMER COWORKERS AT THE TENNESSEE PRISON FOR WOMEN PAID THEIR RESPECTS. Sybil Pruitt/Former coworker of Debra Johnson: “Whether you are in corrections or not, she just able to give you that extra energy to do better and be better and that’s what we loved about her.” Brad: THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT TOLD ME TODAY SOME BUS ROUTES WERE CHANGED NEAR THE PRISON DURING THE SEARCH – ALONG WITH SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS PLACED IN DIFFERENT AREAS AS A PRECAUTION, WITH THE SEACH ONGOING – CORRECTIONS LEADERS CANCELED VISITS THIS WEEKEND AT THE WEST TENNESSEE STATE PENITENTIARY. REPORTING LIVE IN HENNING TENNESSEE – BRAD BRODERS – LOCAL 24 NEWS. AS THIS STORY IS DEVELOPING TONIGHT — ALL ACROSS TENNESSEE AND THE MID-SOUTH… YOU’LL SEE BILLBOARDS SHOWING CURTIS WATSON’S PICTURE.. THEY SAY… “WANTED FUGITIVE.. DON’T APPROACH.. CALL 9-1-1.” AND T-DOT MESSAGE SIGNS ARE ALSO REMINDING DRIVERS OF THE BLUE ALERT.. WHICH IS ONLY ISSUED FOR VIOLENT SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF KILLING OR KIDNAPPING SOMEONE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE FIRST BROKE THIS STORY — AND WILL KEEP BRINGING YOU INSTANT UPDATES.. ON OUR THE LOCAL MEMPHIS APP… DOWNLOAD IT FROM THE APPLE STORE.. OR GOOGLE PLAY… NEW INFORMATION — MEMPHIS POLICE SAY THAT THE BODY

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