Tennessee inmate indicted in death of prisons administrator

Feb 5, 2020

Tenn. inmate Curtis Ray Watson
Credit TDOC

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate accused of killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison on a tractor has been indicted on charges including premeditated murder and rape.

The indictment obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday charges Curtis Ray Watson on 15 counts in the killing of Tennessee Department of Corrections Administrator Debra Johnson.

Authorities say Watson was on regular lawn care duties at West Tennessee State Penitentiary near Henning on Aug. 7 when he sexually assaulted and killed corrections administrator Debra Johnson at her home on the prison grounds.

Watson has not entered a plea. An arraignment has been set for Feb. 18.