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State prisoner escapee caught Sunday morning in West Tennessee

Watson was apprehended Sunday morning. (Photo provided by TBI)

Curtis Ray Watson, an escapee of the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning last week was caught Sunday morning in the Henning area. He was on the run for five days. He was captured after home surveillance video caught him going through a couple’s outdoor refrigerator at their home.

Watson was serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated kidnapping. He escaped from prison during his daily lawn-mowing detail. Watson is suspected to have killed corrections officer Debra Johnson, who was 64.

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