Inmates Escape County Jail Before Murder Trial

A manhunt is underway in Texas where two men set to be tried on murder charges broke out of prison.
2:13 | 04/03/13

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Great, josh. That massive 3457bhunt in texas. Two convicts one about to be charged with murder after slipping through a fence at a county jail and john schriffen has the latest. John, officials believe they're extremely dangerous. Reporter: Extremely dangerous. Authorities using thermal technology cornered who they thought were the two escaped inmates in the middle of the woods but when the s.W.A.T. Team moved in it turned out it wasn't them. Now we're going on almost 24 hours since the two went missing and the public is still on high alert. The manhunt is on this morning for these two escaped inmates, authorities now warning both men should be considered dangerous. Stay inside. Do not open the doors. Reporter: Now the hunt for 44-year-old brian tucker facing capital murder charges for strangling a man to death with shoelaces and 39-year-old john king, charged with evading arrest, burglary and going to the air. They vanished from the hopkins county jail. When authorities say a guard assigned to watch them through a window looked away. So how did the two inmates escape with barbaraed wire covering the top of this prison? Authorities believe they slipped through the fence. If you look closely here, you can see there's a gaping hole. The prison break leaving county officials shocked. We saw that there was a little hole at the bottom of the fence. Is that always there? Well, it's probably not a hole. It may be the mesh got a hole in it. Reporter: The fence was actually pulled back. Well then that shouldn't have been. They may have done that. Reporter: That's how you think they got out. Yes. Reporter: Within minutes they found their prison suits on the railroad tracks yards from the jail and footprints leading the search away from the prison. If you see anybody meeting the discrepancies we put out be sure to call. They're extremely dangerous. Reporter: And this massive search is expected to resume this morning. To give you an idea just how rare this is, we're now approaching the longest escape in the history of that jail. Amy? All right, john schriffen, thanks so much.

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