iStock/Thinkstock(WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.) — A Georgia judge said Wednesday that the death penalty is the “expressed intention” for inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose, who were on the run for over 48 hours after one of them shot and killed two correctional officers.
A Putnam County judge did not grant bond for the men. Their next court date was set for Sept. 18.
Rowe and Dubose were on a transport bus on June 13 when they allegedly breached a protective gate, reaching Baldwin State Prison officers Christopher Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58, at the front of the bus. The inmates allegedly disarmed and killed them both, officials said. It was unclear which inmate shot and killed the two officers.
The prisoners, armed with the officers’ weapons, then allegedly carjacked a nearby vehicle and spent over 48 hours on the run.
They were captured in Tennessee on June 15 after leading police on a high-speed chase.
Rowe and Dubose were cellmates and friends in prison, and may have planned their escape; however, the bus ride on June 13 was unscheduled, officials said.
At the time of the shooting, 31 other inmates were on board the bus, which was en route to a diagnostic facility when the escape took place. Those inmates provided assistance to investigators, officials said.
Rowe was serving life without parole for armed robbery, the department of corrections said, and Dubose was serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery.
The Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement that the slain officers “were known for their unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family.”
Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier said, “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of two of our officers, who are our family.”
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