Pair planned to copy jail key for prison escape

Pair planned to copy jail key for prison escape (Image 1)
Pair planned to copy jail key for prison escape (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An indictment against two men, including a former correctional officer, says the two planned to make a copy of a prison key in a plot to free Tennessee's only female death row inmate.

Donald Joseph Kohut and Justin Wesley Heflin were arrested this week in what authorities say was a foiled plot to break out Christa Gail Pike, who has been on death row since 1996 for the slaying of a Knoxville Job Corps student.

The unsealed indictment says in January, Kohut and Heflin, who worked as a guard at the Tennessee Prison for Women where Pike is held, arranged to trace a prison key and have it copied to be used in the escape attempt.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has said an escape was not imminent.

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