Two Hopkins County inmates escape from jail

Two Hopkins County inmates escape from jail

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Two inmates with long criminal histories -- including one awaiting trial for capital murder -- remain the focus of a manhunt involving dogs and a helicopter after they escaped from an East Texas jail on Tuesday.

Wednesday afternoon, police got a call about a burglary at a home in which several items and a car was stolen. It is believed that the suspects have a black 2010 Saturn Vue, Texas plates - CR6 D425.

It is believed that the suspects then traveled to a person in Hopkins County that has a relationship with John King and were able to get food and left westbound out of Hopkins County

Police believe the suspects are in possesion of a nickle-plated 22 caliber Derringer pistol.

Brian Allen Tucker of Sulphur Springs and John Marlin King of Cumby escaped from the Hopkins County Jail around 8 a.m. Tuesday, officials with the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office said. Dispatcher Beth Renfro said a maintenance person noticed a problem with a fence around a recreation yard used by female inmates at the jail in Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

The two men are believed to be wearing white T-shirts and boxer shorts, Deputy Alvin Jordan said. Their black-and-white jail uniforms were found on rail tracks a short distance east of the jail.

Sheriff's deputies are combing through the woods east of the jail and have set up a perimeter around the area, Jordan said.

Tucker was being held on $1 million bond in the 2011 death of Bobby Riley of Mahoney. Riley was found strangled in his home and some music instruments and firearms had been stolen. Jury selection in his murder trial was set to begin June 3.

Tucker was previously convicted of burglary and driving while intoxicated, and has been arrested several times for violating parole.

King was being held on several charges, including evading arrest, burglary and possession of a controlled substance. He's been convicted previously of burglary and possession of a controlled substance. According to court documents, he pleaded guilty last month to the possession charge as a habitual offender and received a sentence of 40 years in prison.

Local schools will remain on soft locked down as a precaution, though classes were continuing as normal, an official for the Sulphur Springs schools said.

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