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"Debra Johnson strangled to death by Curtis Ray Watson on prison grounds"
Fri Aug-09-19 06:56 PM by CyrenYoung

  

          



https://www.wsmv.com/news/records-show-tdoc-admin-debra-johnson-was-strangled-to-death/article_ef0876ec-bacc-11e9-bf24-cfac40002753.html

Records show TDOC Admin Debra Johnson was strangled to death, sexually assaulted by escaped inmate

Joey Gill, Digital Content Producer

Updated 3 hrs ago | Posted on Aug 9, 2019 0


TBI Most Wanted - Curtis Ray Watson - Added Aug. 7, 2019
Prison escapee Curtis Ray Watson is a person of interest after a Tennessee Department of Correction was murdered on Wednesday.

RIPLEY, TN (WSMV) - Newly-released affidavits from Lauderdale County Circuit Court show TDOC Administrator Debra Johnson was strangled and sexually assaulted, reportedly by escaped inmate Curtis Ray Watson.

Timeline of events

The timeline of events for the escape of Curtis Watson and death of Debra Johnson at a home on the grounds of the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

7 a.m. – Curtis Watson released on work detail for daily mowing duties.

8:10 a.m. – Debra Johnson known to be alive, making a phone call.

8:30 a.m. – Watson seen by correctional officers on facility golf cart at Johnson’s home.


Between 9 a.m.-10 a.m. – Watson took a tractor and reflective vest from the prison and drove away.

11 a.m. – Prison officials realized Watson was missing.

11:30 a.m. – Johnson’s co-workers discover her body, after she didn’t report to work.

12 p.m. – TBI notified of homicide at West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

12:30 p.m. – Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office alerted to Watson’s escape by prison staff.

1:30 p.m. – Authorities locate the tractor Watson took from the prison, along with his prison identification card.

1:45 p.m. – TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker briefed Governor’s office to pursue activation of the Governor’s Escape Plan.

3 p.m. – TBI issued Blue Alert and added Watson to the state’s Most Wanted list.

According to court records, Johnson was found dead in her home on Highway 87 West in Henning on the grounds of the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, Watson was released from the prison on work detail to begin daily mowing duties.

Escaped inmate to be charged with murder in death of prison administrator

Watson was a reported "trusty" at the prison and had access to prison equipment including a golf cart and tractor. Watson was required to wear a reflective vest on the prison grounds while working.

Watson was imprisoned on a charge of especially aggravated kidnapping

Based on phone records, Watson was alive and reportedly on the phone talking to someone around 8:10 a.m. Correctional officers saw Watson on the golf cart at Johnson's house around 8:30 a.m. Watson took a tractor and reflective vest from prison and drove away between 9 and 10 a.m. Watson requested the reflective vest from another inmate at the prison.

Prison officials realized Watson was missing around 11 a.m. and also noticed Johnson did not report to work as usual. Coworkers went to her home to see if she was there and discovered her body around 11:30 a.m. A reflective vest was found inside her home.


The tractor Watson was driving was found around 1:30 p.m. about 2 miles away from the prison and his prison identification card was also found at the scene.


During the investigation, it was discovered Johnson had a cord wrapped around her neck as well as ligature marks indicating she had been strangled. The Medical Examiner's Office concluded the cause of death was strangulation and the manner of death was a homicide. There was also evidence that Johnson was sexually assaulted.

The hunt for Watson continues, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture. The TBI will hold a news conference Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. with an update on the manhunt.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections and Tennessee Highway Patrol will escort the body of fallen Correctional Administrator, Debra Johnson, back to Nashville this afternoon, leaving Memphis at approximately 4pm, and due to arrive in Nashville at approximately 7pm.

  

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Reads like they were in a relationship. Tragic regardless
Aug 10th 2019
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I must have read a different article
Aug 10th 2019
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I can't understand why that would be seen as a good idea
Aug 10th 2019
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in a relationship What ?
Aug 10th 2019
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      Some people have a warped perception of love.
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      yep
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      Yeah that's wild. In my mind that would never be a good idea
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           WTF
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                lol
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Apprehended
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everybody got too comfortable. And her house was on the prison grounds?
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Atillah Moor
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1. "Reads like they were in a relationship. Tragic regardless "
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How was this man seen near a home (or the home of the deceased)? Even on work detail that sounds like a violation

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2. "I must have read a different article"
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Sat Aug-10-19 10:42 AM by legsdiamond

          

Her home was on the grounds and he was a trusty which means he had access to equipment. It was probably his job to cut her grass

shut up already, damn

  

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Atillah Moor
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6. "I can't understand why that would be seen as a good idea "
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I get rehabing but the us prison system doesn't appear to be structured to handle that type of risk

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3. "in a relationship What ?"
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>How was this man seen near a home (or the home of the
>deceased)? Even on work detail that sounds like a violation


He was a trusty.

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4. "Some people have a warped perception of love. "
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shut up already, damn

  

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smh

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7. "Yeah that's wild. In my mind that would never be a good idea "
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Sat Aug-10-19 12:29 PM by Atillah Moor

  

          

So I thought maybe foul play. Prisoners being involved with officers isn't uncommon

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10. "lol"
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shut up already, damn

  

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Yes

  

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11. "everybody got too comfortable. And her house was on the prison grounds?"
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