EATONTON, Ga. — Shortly after Ricky Dubose was taken into custody by authorities in Rutherford County, Tennessee last June for the murders of two Georgia corrections officers during an escape from a prison transport bus in Putnam County, the accused killer confessed that he shot both lawmen to death.


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An investigation following the slayings of two Georgia Department of Corrections officers last month aboard a prison transport bus by a pair of inmates who subsequently escaped reveals lapses in DOC protocol.

The two inmates who escaped from a prison transport bus in Putnam County June 13 first attacked a pair of state corrections officers with their fists before they stole their guns and shot them to death, authorities say.

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The two prison convicts accused of shooting to death a pair of state corrections officers in an escape from a transport bus last week in Putnam County were informed of the criminal charges against them by a judge Wednesday morning.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said he is looking into the $130,000 reward offered last week by law enforcement authorities to anyone with information leading to the arrests of Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose, the prison bus escapees who overpowered a pair of corrections officers before shooting them to death.

Hundreds of family, friends, colleagues and others from various law enforcement agencies across Georgia attended funeral services for slain Georgia Department of Corrections Sgt. Curtis Billue Saturday in the auditorium at Wilkinson County High School.

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Hundreds of family, friends and law enforcement officers from across Georgia attended funeral services Saturday for one of two Georgia Department of Corrections officers murdered earlier this week when two convicts escaped from a state transport bus between Sparta and Eatonton.

The two Baldwin County State Prison inmates who escaped from a state transport bus and killed two corrections officers in Putnam County Tuesday morning remained at-large Thursday.

This Week's Circulars


John H. Lounsbury, 96, passed away on April 2 in Columbia, S.C. He was born Jan. 1, 1924, to parents Orlando H. and Elsa Mae Cook Lounsbury in Plainfield, N.J. After a happy childhood and high school graduation in Plainfield, he came south in September 1941, to enter Tusculum College, Greenv…

Elder Carlos G. Toombs, son of the late Charles "Bud" Toombs and the late Mary Marceil Toombs, succumbed on March 26, 2020, after an extended illness. He was in a Macon Healthcare Facility. Carlos was a well-known musician who played many instruments throughout Georgia, New Jersey and Ohio. …

Margaret Elizabeth Rodimon passed on March 29, 2020, at the age of 68. Affectionally known as "Ma," Ms. Rodimon was born in Marion, Ala. and attended Francis Marion High School before moving to Milledgeville, in 1969. She graduated from Baldwin High School that same year and was a member of …

Sam Kenneth Stefano, 81, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020. A private graveside service will be held in Macon Memorial Park with a memorial service to follow at a later date. Pastor Edlee Mixon will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Childre…

Charlie Monroe Edinfield Jr., 81, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020. Funeral services for Charlie Edinfield Jr. will be conducted from the graveside on Monday, March 30, 2020, at 2 p.m. in Heritage Memorial Park with the Rev. Tim Oliver officiating. A native of Putnam County, Charlie was …