Two Tennessee Families Split Reward Money In Georgia Convicts Case

Two Tennessee families are splitting $20,000 in reward money for help in catching two Georgia convicts accused of killing two guards and escaping from a prison bus, reports the Associated Press.

The names of the recipients are being withheld at their request, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Each household has been given $10,000.

A total of $130,000 had been offered for information leading to the arrests of Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe. It wasn’t clear if or when other funds might be distributed.

The men, who escaped June 13, held a Shelbyville couple at gunpoint in their home and stole their vehicle on June 15. The husband alerted police and a chase ensued with the fugitives firing at officers before they crashed the vehicle.

Dubose and Rowe ended up on foot at the home of Patrick Hale in Rutherford County later that same day. In an unusual turn of events, the men surrendered to Hale and were taken into custody when deputies arrived. Hale had loaded his weapons when he heard the men were in the area, but did not have to take out a gun, he said at a press conference June 16.

A Georgia prosecutor has said he will seek the death penalty against Dubose and Rowe.

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