Accused killer Curtis Watson arraigned in court Wednesday 


LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The arraignment for escaped inmate and accused killer, Curtis Watson, was held on Wednesday afternoon.  

Watson faces multiple charges including first-degree murder.

He will be held without bond.

The preliminary hearing date is set for September 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Lauderdale County Tennessee.

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Watson was taken into custody on Sunday morning after an intense manhunt. He was taken into custody around 11 a.m. as he was coming out of a soybean field on Caroline Street, just 10 miles away from the prison he escaped from last Wednesday.  

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The search for Watson began after 64-year-old West Tennessee Correctional Administrator Debra Johnson was found dead in her residence on the property of the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. 

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Investigators said she had been strangled and sexually assaulted.  

Watson was booked into the Tipton County Jail. He faces first-degree murder, especially aggravated burglary, aggravated sexual battery and escape charges.  

At the time of his escape, he was serving a 15-year sentence on a conviction of especially aggravated kidnapping in Henry County. His sentence was set to expire in 2025.

He was previously convicted of aggravated child abuse in Carroll County. That sentence expired in 2011. 

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