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January 27, 2003

Tifton - Two prison escapees from Kentucky are caught during a traffic stop in South Georgia. One of the men is charged with murder, and the other was convicted of arson. The two men broke out of a western Kentucky jail Sunday night with the help of one man's girlfriend.

Around 11 Monday morning, a Tift County Sheriff's deputy pulled over a speeding car on 1-75. Little did he know that the 3 people inside the car were running from the law.

Deputy Larry Burkehead clocked a black 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix going 86 on 1-75 in Tifton. He followed them to a nearby Chevron gas station. "Deputy Burkehead walked up to the car and found the driver didn't have proper identification," said Capt. Robert Brannen. "At that time, he arrested the driver for speeding and driving without a license."

The deputy continued to question 22 year-old David Harrison of Auburn, Kentucky. Meanwhile, a back-up officer questioned the two passengers - 20 year-old Jason Gaston and 33-year old Rose Marie Rogers of Russellville, Kentucky. That's when this routine traffic stop turned into something more serious. "The other officer ran their names and found the woman was wanted in Kentucky for aiding an inmate escapee," asked Capt. Brannen."The crazy thing is that if they weren't speeding, they would still be out there."

Harrison is charged with murder for beating a man to death. He was already serving time for assaulting a police officer. Gaston recently pled guilty to arson and faced 15 years in prison. Rogers only crime is aiding the escape.

The three are in the Tifton County jail tonight, awaiting extradition.

Posted at 6:10PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com