An inmate accused of killing a 64-year-old prison administrator before he escaped.
Curtis Ray Watson, 44, was caught on Sunday, hours after a confirmed sighting by a resident, Harvey Taylor, who saw him on his property in Henning, according to WREG-TV.
Curtis Ray Watson, 44, is a white male, 5’11”, 140 pounds, with brown eyes, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Taylor and his wife, Anne, were woken up by an alarm triggered by the Ring video doorbell system at around 3.30am, according to ABC News.
Watson was discovered missing from a work detail after an employee was found dead on the prison grounds, TBI reported.
He was a minimum custody offender, News 4 reported, and had a job as a farm laborer at the prison. He was discovered missing from his work detail. He escaped from the prison on a tractor that was found a mile from the prison.
A $32,500 reward has been offered for information leading to his capture. The reward includes $25,000 from the state of Tennessee, plus $5,000 from ATF and $2,500 from TBI, News Channel 5 reported.
Watson was in prison since 2013 and was not due for release until May 2025. He was convicted of aggravated kidnapping. A woman reported in July 2012 that he had hit her over the head and raped her twice, Covington Leader reported. According to WMC5, he also had previous convictions for aggravated assault, aggravated rape, and aggravated child abuse.