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Texas inmates back in jail after capture in barn

Published On: Apr 09 2013 04:15:47 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 05 2013 08:09:24 AM 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


Two men whose escape from a Texas jail left residents in the largely rural area on edge are back in lockup after being captured in a barn.

Capital murder suspect Brian Allen Tucker and convicted drug offender John Marlin King were returned Thursday to the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

That's after federal, state and local officers raided the barn where they were hiding in Cooper, 20 miles northwest of Sulphur Springs.

Hopkins County sheriff's Sgt. Brad Cummings said authorities received dozens of reports from people who thought they had seen one or both of the fugitives.

In the end, officials say an attempt to pawn jewelry left in a vehicle the men allegedly stole is what led authorities to their rural hideout.