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.

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Ruth Evelyn Looper Veatch, 90, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Westview Baptist Church with the Rev. Jody Branch, the Rev. Ralph Story and the Rev. Lee Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Veatch wa…

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