The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 3, 2013

Hunt resumes for escaped Texas inmates

Two scaled fence

SULFUR SPRINGS, Texas —

A capital murder suspect and convicted drug offender who escaped from a jail in East Texas have spent a rainy night on the run.

The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office says Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King remain at large Wednesday. The air and ground search that ended late Tuesday night resumed at dawn as more rain fell in the area.

The inmates fled the jail in Sulphur Springs by scaling a fence or slipping through a gap in a perimeter fence Tuesday morning. Sulphur Springs is about 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

Tucker, of Sulphur Springs, faces trial in the 2011 slaying of Bobby Riley of Mahoney. King, of Cumby, pleaded guilty last month to drug possession as a habitual offender and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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