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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.)

John Marlin King (L) and Brian Allen Tucker (R) were found hiding in a barn 20 miles from the jail. (credit: Hopkins Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

HOPKINS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — Two men accused of breaking out of an east Texas jail appeared before a judge today.

Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King were arraigned on escape charges.

Tucker, a capital murder suspect, and King, who had just been sentenced to 40 years in prison for violating parole and evading arrest, were at the center of a two-day manhunt after escaping from the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs.

The two were found hiding out in a barn 20 miles away from the jail.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office says both men had previously violated their probation and are not eligible to bond out.

Sgt. Brad Cummings with Hopkins County Sheriff’s office says new initiatives are underway at the jail to prevent future escapes like this one.

Cummings could not disclose specific details on the changes for security reasons, but told CBS 11’s Sharrie Williams that there will be additional supervision on the recreational yard.

Tucker and King were out on the rec yard when they escaped through the fence Tuesday morning.

There was only one deputy assigned to the “guard shack” to keep watch on the rec yard and on other surveillance cameras throughout the jail.

The sheriff’s office has yet to clarify if there is a surveillance camera assigned to the recreational yard or if it is simply watched by the on-duty officer.

No disciplinary action has been taken towards any deputies, and the sheriff’s office says a full investigation is underway to determine how the men escaped and if there was any negligence on any employee’s part.

Tucker and King are both under additional surveillance at the jail and are considered high risk.

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