TBI gives $32K reward to those who helped capture man accused of killing TDOC administrator

Posted at 3:19 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 16:19:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has given out $32,000 in rewards to people who helped capture the man accused of killing a Tennessee Department of Corrections administrator.

Police say Curtis Watson escaped from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary and sexually assaulted and killed Debra Johnson last month.

Her death prompted a Blue Alert, leading to a five-day manhunt for the escaped inmate.

Watson was captured just 10 miles from the prison in Henning. He was eventually found in a soybean field after neighbors spotted him on one of their security cameras.
TBI officials said they "grateful for their willingness to help! Additional reward funds will be available pending a conviction in this case."