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MS Jail Escapee Suspected Of Killing Pastor Who Helped Him

Dylan Arrington, a man who escaped from a Mississippi jail along with three other inmates is suspected of killing a pastor who tried to help him after he wrecked a motorcycle in Jackson. Anthony Watts, 61, was shot and killed Monday night. on Interstate 55 after he pulled over to help a man who had wrecked a motorcycle. Police say that man shot Watts several times and then stole his Red Dodge Ram. Watts died at the scene, reports the Associated Press. “Based on information gathered from investigators, the suspect ... fit the description of 22-year-old Dylan Arrington,” said Jackson Police Chief James Davis.

Watts was the head pastor of St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church in D’Lo, Ms. Arrington is one of four prisoners — along with Casey Grayson, Corey Harrison and Jerry Raynes — who escaped Saturday night from the Raymond Detention Center near Jackson, through breaches in a cell and the roof. Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said the men might have camped out on the roof before fleeing the facility and going their separate ways. The four were in custody for various felony charges, most involving theft. Arrington had charges pending of auto theft and illegal possession of a firearm. The stolen Red Dodge Ram, which has tan trim and Cowboys stickers on the front and the back, was last seen heading south on I-55 in Terry, Ms. In July, a federal judge ordered a rare takeover of the jail after he said deficiencies in supervision and staffing led to “a stunning array of assaults, as well as deaths.” In December, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed that order after the county filed a motion for reconsideration.


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