Posted: Apr 2, 2013 10:44 AM by NBC News (KXAS)
Updated: Apr 2, 2013 10:48 AM
DALLAS - Two prisoners, including one awaiting trial on a capital murder charge, have broken out of an East Texas jail.
The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office said 44-year-old Brian Allen Tucker of Sulphur Springs and 39-year-old John Marlin King of Cumby escaped from the Hopkins County Jail on Tuesday morning.
Dispatcher Beth Renfro said both apparently fled through a recreation yard used by female inmates at the jail in Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas.
NBC 5 has learned the pair squeezed through a gate and headed east before shedding their prison clothing near railroad tracks behind the sheriff's office. Police said they do not know what the pair are wearing now, but they are believed to be in a wooded area east of the jail.
Tucker was being held on $1 million bond in the 2011 death of Bobby Riley of Mahoney. Riley was strangled in his home and some music instruments and firearms had been stolen.
King was being held on an evading arrest charge. Further details weren't immediately available.
Nine schools in Sulphur Springs have been locked down.
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