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A manhunt is underway for Hopkins County Jail escapees John Marlin King (L) and Brian Allen Tucker (R). (credit: Hopkins Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

A manhunt is underway for Hopkins County Jail escapees John Marlin King (L) and UBrian Allen Tucker (R). (credit: Hopkins Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

Updated 11:31 p.m.

HOPKINS COUNTY (CBS 11 NEWS) - A Hopkins County SWAT team ended its late-night search Tuesday for two men who escaped the county jail earlier in the day.

The search will resume again Wednesday morning.

Deputies said that around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday thermal imaging technology being used to hunt the inmates revealed two heat sources in an area three miles from the jail.

However, as of 10:30 p.m., SWAT had not found the inmates and could no longer detect those heat sources.

Brian Tucker and John King escaped from the Hopkins County jail in Sulphur Springs by prying chain link off the corner of a gate in the jail’s recreation yard, according to Sheriff Butch Adams.

King was recently sentenced to 40 years in prison for burglary.

Tucker is set for trial in June for capital murder.

“I want him to die.  I know the Lord says, eye for an eye, tooth for tooth,” said Sherry Marshall, who is set to testify against him.

Marshall’s ex-husband, Bobby Riley, was the man Tucker is accused of killing.

She was also the one who found Riley’s body.

“Horrifying.  I live that daily,” she said. “He had been strangled to death with a shoe string from the escapee’s tennis shoe.”

Deputies searching for the escaped inmates say the two are dangerous, but it is unlikely they are armed.

Marshall, meanwhile, is keeping her gun close.

“All I got to say is, if you want me, come and get me!  Cause I’m ready!” she said.

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HOPKINS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Hopkins County officials are searching for two inmates who escaped from the county jail in Sulphur Springs on Tuesday morning.

Beth Renfro with the Hopkins County Sheriffs Office says the men have been identified as 45-year-old Bryan Allen Tucker and 40-year-old John Marlin King.

According to authorities, the two men were alone in the female recreation yard and were able to slip through a gap between the chain linked fence and a gate just after 8:00 a.m.

“Once they pushed the gate, they are little enough to squeeze their way out,” said Hopkins County Sheriff Deputy Alvin Jordan.

Tucker is a capital murder suspect awaiting trial. He’s accused of strangling a man in 2011.  Less than two weeks ago, King was sentenced to 40 years in prison after violating his probation and evading arrest.  Their jail house jumpsuits were found about 100 yards from the jail along the railroad tracks.

The two were last seen heading towards Jackson Street but are traveling in an unknown direction. Police say the men are dangerous and should not be approached.

Tucker is described as a white male, standing 5-foot-7 and weighing 171 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and has a number of tattoos. Tucker is from Mesquite but is a resident of Sulphur Springs and knows the area well.  Although he has hair in the above photo, jail officials say Tucker is now bald, with the words “Drop Dead” tattooed on the back of his head

King is a 5-foot-8 white male at 165 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. He is from Crumby.

Several agencies have joined the search using bloodhounds, horses and helicopters searching miles of rural terrain.

“We’ve been telling local people, if they see anything out of order, call 911 and to keep their doors locked,” said Renfro.

“Normally this is a very quiet road, and all the police were down the road.” explained Kris Mitchell. “They told me to go home lock the door and stay inside and don’t answer the door.”

Melba Sickles has a prison ministry at the jail, but says she immediately locked her doors and got her gun after hearing about the escape.  She says she knows one of the inmates.

“It’s a little eerie to me. I attended church with him. He was baptized at our church.  That was John King. That broke my heart,” Sickles said.

Sulphur Springs ISD placed the district’s schools in lockdown throughout the day, though students were dismissed on time.

Neighboring Greenville ISD placed all campuses on external lockdown and placed the following statement on its website:

“Greenville ISD just received word that two inmates escaped this morning from the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs. The inmates are dressed in plain clothes. While we have no evidence that they are headed this direction, all GISD campuses will be placed on external lock-down. Students and staff will remain in the building for the remainder of the day.”

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