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Trial in killing of Tennessee prison official moved to 2021

The trial of a Tennessee convict charged with killing a corrections official before escaping prison on a tractor has been delayed until next year.
Curtis Watson was captured Sunday afternoon. / (TBI)
Curtis Watson was captured Sunday afternoon. / (TBI)(WVLT)
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 8:13 AM EDT
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RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) - The trial of a Tennessee convict charged with killing a corrections official before escaping prison on a tractor has been delayed until next year.

Curtis Watson had been scheduled to face trial on October 26th in the killing of Tennessee Department of Correction administrator Debra Johnson. Her body was found in her home on the grounds of a state prison in August 2019.

Watson is charged with premeditated murder, rape, and escape. He has not entered a plea.

Watson’s lawyer, David Stockton, said a judge moved the trial to September 20, 2021. Stockton said he hasn’t had face-to-face contact with Watson since March due to coronavirus-related policies.

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