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Official: Jail guard distracted during escape of two inmates

Published On: Apr 09 2013 05:03:19 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 05 2013 03:35:59 PM CDT
Escaped inmates

John Marlin King, left, and Brian Allen Tucker, right, an inmate awaiting trial on a capital murder charge in a 2011 slaying. The two men broke out of the Hopkins County Jail and were later caught during April 2013.

Tucker, 45, lived in Abilene and was in inmate in Taylor County Jail in 1994.

Photo courtesy of Hopkins County Sheriff's Office

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) -

A sheriff's office spokesman in East Texas says two inmates who escaped for two days took advantage of a guard distracted by several other duties.
    
Capital murder suspect Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King - who recently pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge - were found Thursday in a barn in Cooper, a town about 20 miles away from the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs. While the two men face additional felony charges, Hopkins County officials say they're studying how to improve security and prevent another escape.
    
Sgt. Brad Cummings of the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office said part of the problem was Tucker and King had been in the jail several times and possibly knew how to successfully escape.