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April 4, 2013

Search for jail escapees includes county

The manhunt continued Wednesday for two men who escaped from the Hopkins County Jail Tuesday.

Sheriff Randy Meeks said the search for Brian Allen Tucker of Sulphur Springs and John Marlin King of Cumby included locations in Hunt County.

“We have received several reported sightings of these two,” Meeks said. “We have checked each report and we have come up nothing at this time. I have heard of reports as far away as San Antonio of possible sightings of Tucker and King. However, I don’t believe they panned out.”

Meeks said he had not spoken with Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams Wednesday, after Hunt County deputies were involved in the establishment Tuesday of a perimeter, which was later shut down.

“They have not requested any more assistance from us today,” Meeks said.

Tucker was being held on $1 million bond in the 2011 death of Bobby Riley of Mahoney. Riley was found strangled in his home and some music instruments and firearms had been stolen. Jury selection in his murder trial was set to begin June 3.

Tucker was previously convicted of burglary and driving while intoxicated, and has been arrested several times for violating parole.

King was being held on several charges, including evading arrest, burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

Anyone spotting either Tucker or King is being advised not to approach them, but instead to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.

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