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Violent, escaped Tennessee inmate is in custody: law enforcement

TBI tweeted Sunday afternoon that Curtis Watson is in custody.

UPDATE: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted just after noon Sunday that the West Tennessee State Penitentiary inmate who escaped Wednesday morning is now in custody.

After being caught on surveillance video early Sunday morning, Curtis Watson has been captured.

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Previous story: The Tennessee Department of Correction said there was a confirmed sighting of escaped inmate Curtis Watson early Sunday morning.

A homeowner in Henning spotted Watson on their property around 4:30 a.m. eastern time. Henning is in Lauderdale County, about an hour north of Memphis and an hour west of Jackson.

The department posted two photos from security camera footage from the person who notified authorities.

The department noted he has changed clothes, appeared to be dressed in camouflage bib overalls and was carrying a camp backpack. 

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Watson is accused of killing and sexually assaulting a Tennessee Department of Corrections employee, Debra Johnson, and faces charges in her death. He was serving 15 years in the West Tennessee State Penitentiary for aggravated kidnapping when he escaped Wednesday morning.

RELATED: Prison employee was sexually assaulted, strangled before inmate escaped, affidavit says

On Saturday, the TBI said it had received 369 tips and no credible sightings. This is the first confirmed sighting announced by authorities.

Our sister station WMC in Memphis reported authorities formed a perimeter Saturday around a wooded area on Highway 371 - where they thought Watson was hiding. People who live in the area say at one point - it looked like they were closing in on him.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports reward money for an arrest and conviction has now reached $57,000.

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