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Escaped inmates from GA charged with murder

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Ricky DuBose appears in a Rutherford County courtroom. (Source: WSMV) Ricky DuBose appears in a Rutherford County courtroom. (Source: WSMV)
Donnie Rowe appears in a Rutherford County courtroom. (Source: WSMV) Donnie Rowe appears in a Rutherford County courtroom. (Source: WSMV)

The two inmates who are accused of escaping and killing two corrections officers in Georgia had their first appearance hearing in a Putnam County Courthouse on Wednesday morning.

Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky DuBose, 24, are both charged with murder in the deaths of officers Curtis Billue and Christopher Monica.

They were extradited overnight to GA from the Rutherford County Jail, where they were held after surrendering to a Christiana man. 

Several media members were in the courtroom, including CBS46's Adam Harding, who says both inmates stared straight ahead as Judge Brenda Trammell read the charges against them. No bond was issued for either inmate. 

Last week, they waived their right to extradition in Tennessee, meaning they agreed to go back to Georgia without a hearing in Tennessee. Both are facing multiple charges in both states.

Last week, the pair led police on a wild police chase starting in Shelbyville, TN.

Police said the two men tied up an elderly couple and held them at gunpoint before stealing their Jeep.

Authorities later spotted the stolen vehicle on Interstate 24 and tried to stop them near the Epps Mill Road exit. Officers said the inmates shot at police during the chase, but thankfully, no one was hurt.

Eventually, the pair crashed on I-24 and ditched the stolen SUV, running through the woods until they came to another house and allegedly tried to steal another car.

However, they picked the wrong house. The homeowner and his neighbor held them at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

"I've got to ask the question, where would we be today if that had not taken place? We'd still be looking for these two people," said Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

Rowe and DuBose had been on the run since early Tuesday morning when they allegedly shot and killed two corrections officers in Georgia while they were being transferred to another facility by a transport bus.

Authorities will be picking up Dubose and Rowe and bringing them back to Georgia, but it's not clear when exactly that will happen.

Stay with Channel 4 and for updates on this story.

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