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Two men arrested in alleged attempt to break out Tenn. death row inmate Christa Gail Pike

Christa Gail Pike AP Photo/Tennessee Department of Correction

(CBS/AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Authorities in Tennessee say two men, one of whom is a former prison guard, have been arrested in a plot to break out Tennessee's only female death row inmate Christa Gail Pike.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Wednesday there was no imminent danger of an escape by  Pike, but "there was plan in the works and money changing hands."

New Jersey authorities on Tuesday arrested 34-year-old Donald Kohut  who has frequently visited Pike in prison. He was charged with bribery and conspiracy to commit escape. He is being held at the Hunterdon County Department of Corrections on a $250,000 bond.

Meanwhile, Justin Heflin, a 23-year-old former correctional officer at the Tennessee Prison for Women, turned himself into authorities on Tuesday and was charged with bribery, conspiracy to commit escape and facilitation to commit escape. He was booked into the Davidson County Jail on a $75,000 bond. Heflin was hired in March 2009, but was terminated from his job last year on March 5.

Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said investigators received information about the plot early in the planning stages.

Carter said Pike, who is 36 faces a disciplinary charge and will likely face criminal charges for the plot.

Pike was sentenced to death in 1996 for the slaying of fellow Knoxville Job Corps student Colleen Slemmer. The 18-year-old was stabbed and beaten by Pike and Pike's boyfriend at the time,Tadaryl Shipp, on the University of Tennessee campus in January 1995.

The two carved a pentagram into Slemmer's chest, and investigators claimed Pike, who was 18 at the time, took a piece of the victim's skull for a souvenir.

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