A Georgia man who was simply serving a existence sentence for armed robbery was charged with a jury of murder on Thursday and today faces a potential dying sentence for his role inside a 2017 prison escape.
On Thursday, Donnie Russell Rowe, 48, was charged by a Putnam County jury of two counts of malice murder, two counts of legal murder throughout an escape, getting away from prison and hijacking an automobile. On Friday, jurors started hearing arguments about whether Rowe deserved the dying penalty.
Rowe and Ricky Dubose, who was simply cellmates in the Baldwin Condition Prison, appeared to be transported on the prison bus in June 2017 once they steered clear of, reported the Atlanta Journal-Metabolic rate.
Video in the bus, proven in the trial, and testimony using their company inmates around the bus demonstrated that Rowe and Dubose, who have been sitting down together, used a pen Rowe had introduced to release their shackles and unlock the gate before they attacked two pads, taking certainly one of guard’s guns. Dubose then shot Sgt. Christopher Monica, 42, and Sgt. Curtis Billue, 58, with this weapon, based on CBS affiliate WMAZ in Macon.
Although the defense contended at trial that Rowe didn’t have method of knowing Dubose would get rid of the pads, mitigating from the malice murder charges that triggered the dying penalty phase, prosecutors contended that, actually, Rowe was the mastermind from the escape plot, based on Fox affiliate WGXA in Macon.
The jury charged Rowe on all six counts regardless of the defense’s arguments.
After getting away, the happy couple allegedly stole five other motor vehicles in succession while fleeing to and within Tennessee, conned two homes (throughout the commission of 1 such robbery, they tangled up an seniors couple) after which brought Tennessee police on the chase exceeding 100 m.p.h., where they fired on officials striking other cars, CNN reported at that time. These were arrested after approximately 2 days around the lam, soon after the crash that ended our prime-speed pursuit. Which was when, throughout trying to steal a sixth vehicle, who owns that vehicle spotted them and held the 2 at gunpoint with the aid of another armed neighbor until police showed up and arrested them.
Throughout the dying penalty phase that started on Friday, Rowe’s defense lawyers contended he increased in an unsound household and really should be sentenced to existence without parole, based on WMAZ. Prosecutors started their situation in support of the dying penalty having a witness who testified that Rowe conned him at knifepoint in 1996.
Dubose’s trial for his alleged part within the escape and also the murders is scheduled to start in May.
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