Georgia prison escapee accused in double murder has family in Tennessee

Donnie Rowe (AP Photo)

MARSHALL COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A “be on the lookout” bulletin was issued to law enforcement across the country for two armed inmates accused of killing two guards at a Georgia prison.

This combo of undated photos provided Tuesday, June 13, 2017, by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows inmate Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Russell Rowe. A Georgia sheriff said officers were “desperately” searching Tuesday for the two inmates who somehow got through a gate inside a prison bus, killed two guards and got away. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

One of those inmates, Donnie Rowe, actually has family in Marshall County, Tennessee. His sister, Lillie Jackson, is heartbroken by the news.

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The two last spoke two years ago during Rowe’s extended stay in prison. He has been in various prisons since the early 2000s for armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Jackson has long believed in Rowe’s innocence but said his time prison changed his attitude. She now simply wants him to be found safe.

“I’ve never seen my brother like this, never thought that he would take another person’s life,” she said. “I just want to tell him, if he’s listening, or if he’s watching, please come turn yourself in. Don’t let there be any more bloodshed on this. There’s been enough bloodshed.”

She continued, “Enough families have lost loved ones, and our mom can’t handle that right now.”

Rowe is wanted alongside Ricky Dubose, both of whom are considered armed and dangerous. Authorities have not released which suspect they believe shot and killed the two guards.

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