Inmates accused of killing prison officers indicted on murder charges

By: Audrey Washington

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. - A grand jury has officially indicted the two inmates accused of murdering two state corrections officers.

Channel 2’s Audrey Washington was the first reporter to get her hands on the 6-count indictment.

Each page details how authorities say the Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose murdered Sgt. Chris Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, escaped and then hijacked a car from an innocent man.

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Channel 2 Action News was inside the courtroom when the judge signed the indictments Tuesday morning.

It took the judge less than one minute to go over the documents. 

Both inmates face 6 counts, including two counts each of murder and felony murder.

Rowe and Dubose are charged with murdering the corrections officers as they transported state prisoners in June.


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The indictment stated that the two used a Glock 9mm pistol to then hijack a car from an innocent man.

Rowe and Dubose were on the run for days before they were finally caught.

Channel 2’s Mark Winne spoke with Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills who said the district attorney plans to seek the death penalty in this case.

Sills also revealed which of the two inmates he believes fired the fatal shots.

"That would be Ricky Dubose, but I stress to you too that they were both acting as parties in the same criminal act,” Sills said.

The family of the victims said they know that justice will be served. 

"We know that justice will be served and based on what took place, we know it was a calculated, evil, senseless act of murder,” said Billue’s sister, Denise Billue. 

The district attorney told Washington that there will be a number of hearings before the case will actually begin.

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