An inmate who escaped from West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday 7th August is a person-of-interest in the homicide of a Department of Correction employee.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified the inmate as Curtis Ray Watson who they say should be considered extremely dangerous. Records show he has previous convictions for especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated child abuse and aggravated rape.
According to First Commissioner David Parker, Watson who is serving a 15-year sentence, was on a job working as a farm laborer before he escaped on a tractor.
Lauderdale County deputies were investigating a suspected homicide at a home on Highway 87 across from the prison when they discovered the inmate was missing.