Trial of accused prison guard killer to resume

Donnie Rowe charged in 2017 murders in Putnam Co

Jury selection in a death penalty trial will resume today after it was halted last week when a defense lawyer thought he might have contracted COVID 19. Donnie Rowe is one of two men charged in the murders of two state Corrections officers who were shot and killed during a 2017 escape from a prison bus in Putnam County. Rowe is being tried separately from co-defendant Ricky Dubose, who is from Madison County.

From Bill Rankin, AJC…

On Thursday, capital defender Adam Levin, after feeling symptoms of the virus, took an at-home test that turned up positive before Levin left for court. He then took a more reliable laboratory test and found out on Monday the results were negative, co-counsel Frank Hogue said.

The defendant, Donnie Rowe, is one of two men charged with killing two guards during an escape from a prison bus in Putnam County in 2017. He and co-defendant Ricky Dubose, who will be tried separately, were arrested in Tennessee three days after their escape.

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Tim Bryant

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