- The inmates accused of killing two Georgia corrections officers are expected to go before a judge Wednesday morning.
Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe appeared in a Putnam County courtroom Wednesday. Law enforcement officials had picked them up from a Tennessee jail. The next Putnam County grand jury will convene September 18th.
"Judge, I've been asked dozens of times whether we're seeking the death penalty in this case, and I've told everybody that we're going to be thorough and we're going to be careful in this case, and we will", Bradley said. "Based on everything we know at this point, this is clearly a death penalty case".
"Due to the nature of this crime, there is no bond set", said Judge Brenda Trammell, Superior Court Judge.
The next grand jury session in Putnam County is September 18.
Rowe was serving a sentence of up to life in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault in a 2001 case. DuBose was imprisoned after being found guilty of armed robbery, aggravated assault, credit card fraud and theft by taking.
Rowe and Dubose were on a state corrections bus with 31 other prisoners June 13 when the two somehow got out of what should have been a locked, gated rear section of the bus, police said.
The two men are accused of fatally shooting corrections officers Sergeant Curtis Billue and Sergeant Christopher Monica on board a prison transport bus last Tuesday. The escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday in Tennessee after holding an elderly couple captive and leading police on a chase by vehicle and foot, authorities said.
They were arrested two days later in Tennessee. "I immediately forgave them, but forgiveness does not excuse their behavior", said Denise Billue. It was unclear which inmate shot and killed the two officers.
Even though they were pleased with Wednesday's proceedings, his sister's says that doesn't take away the pain that their brother Sgt. Curtis Billue is gone.