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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- March 21, 2012: Plot foiled to free TN's only female death row inmate