DA seeks death penalty for man accused of killing, raping prison administrator

WATCH: DA seeks death penalty for man accused of killing, raping prison administrator

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Tenn. — Curtis Watson, the inmate accused of escaping then killing a prison administrator, now faces the death penalty.

Watson was on the run for five days in August 2019 after investigators say he killed Debra Johnson at her home on the grounds of West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

His charges include aggravated rape and felony escape.

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According to the District Attorney, because Watson is accused of committing those crimes during the murder, he is eligible for the death penalty.

Tuesday, Watson was briefly back in a Lauderdale County courtroom.

District Attorney Mark Davidson decided to take an aggressive approach by seeking the death penalty.

“It’s the ultimate punishment, and we reserve it for the worst of the worst, and this case has several factors that apply that fit it in that category,” Davidson told FOX13.

Watson’s trial is set for Oct. 26.

Between now and then it’s a waiting game to see there's a plea deal to be made.

The district attorney told FOX13 he’s ready for anything.

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