Authorities say John Marlin King (l) and Brian Allen Tucker (r) escaped from a Texas jail on April 2, 2013. Photo courtesy of Hopkins Co. Sheriffs Dept.
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (CBS NEWS) -- Two prisoners, including one awaiting trial on a capital murder charge, have broken out of an East Texas jail.
The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office says Brian Allen Tucker of Sulphur Springs and John Marlin King of Cumby escaped from the Hopkins County Jail on Tuesday morning.
Dispatcher Beth Renfro says both apparently fled through a recreation yard used by female inmates at the jail in Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas.
CBS affiliate KYTX reports that Renfro said the men's striped prison uniforms were found on the ground near the jail. They reportedly escaped through a recreation yard used by female inmates.
Tucker was being held on $1 million bond in the 2011 death of Bobby Riley of Mahoney. Riley was strangled in his home and some music instruments and firearms had been stolen.
King was being held on an evading arrest charge. KYTX reports that Tucker, 45, is described as 5'7", 171 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a light mustache and goatee, with a tattoo around his neck, like barbed wire. 40-year-old King is 5'8", 165 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. He has a light mustache and goatee.
Schools in Sulphur Springs have been locked down.