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Escaped trusties face charges in four states

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Posted: Mar 14, 2011 10:57 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Mar 15, 2011 11:52 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: trusties, caught, Tennessee, Louisiana, van, murder, escape, state police

BATON ROUGE- Authorities interviewed two fugitives from Louisiana well into the night about the four-state crime spree that followed their escape from a State Police compound.

Ricky Wedgeworth and Darian Pierce were nabbed around 4 p.m. Monday in Memphis, but police say not before they committed a series of crimes including the murder of a traveling salesman from Ohio.

State Police say it'll be a while before the pair see a courtroom, or even another city other than Memphis. Col. Mike Edmonson says the delay comes in prioritizing the slew of new alleged crimes, including hitting an officer with a lead pipe during the arrest in Tennessee and escape here in Louisiana.

But murder will be the first change on the list.

Edmonson said, "It was a team effort and it also involved the public because everybody working together is why these horrible individuals are in custody right now."

The two used a van to escape from state police headquarters the Friday before Mardi Gras. Investigators say after that they car-jacked an Ohio man, killed him and drove to Jackson, Tennessee.

Monday they tied up a county worker in Tennesse and took his pickup. A bulletin was put out to authorities in the surrounding states, and the two were spotted a few hours later in Mississippi. After a chase that led into Memphis, the fugitives were stopped and arrested.

State Police say investigators are still trying to determine exactly where the murder of the traveling salesman took place, and whether the fugitives hurt anyone else while they were on the run.

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