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Texas Jail Break Update: Manhunt for murder suspect who allegedly strangled man with shoelaces

Authorities say John Marlin King (l) and Brian Allen Tucker (r) escaped from a Texas jail on April 2, 2013 Hopkins Co. Sheriff

Authorities say John Marlin King (l) and Brian Allen Tucker, a capital murder suspect (r), escaped from a Texas jail on Tuesday April 2, 2013
Hopkins Co. Sheriff's Dept.

(CBS/AP) SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas - One of the two men who authorities say escaped from an East Texas jail Tuesday is accused of strangling a 63-year-old musician with shoelaces, and then stealing musical equipment from him, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Police say capital murder suspect Brian Allen Tucker, 44, and John Marlin King, 39, escaped from the Hopkins County Jail on Tuesday morning by squeezing through a fence in the female recreation yard around 8 a.m. 

Tucker was being held on $1 million bond in the 2011 death of Bobby Riley, who was found strangled in his home. In a press conference Tuesday morning, Hopkins County Deputy Brad Cummings said that King was in jail on theft charges, as well as charges of evading arrest and probation violation.

Beth Renfro of the Hopkins County Sheriff's Department said the men's striped prison uniforms were found on the ground near the jail.

According to the Sulpher Springs News-Telegram, authorities are working in teams and with tracking dogs to try and find the escaped inmates. 

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

Schools in Sulphur Springs have been locked down as police search for the two men who authorities say should be considered dangerous.

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