- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - A prosecutor says Arkansas prison guards were justified when they shot and killed a convicted killer who was trying to escape.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1SyKHar ) Tuesday that Jefferson County Prosecutor Kyle Hunter ruled the officers acted lawfully when they shot 41-year-old Christopher Wright.

Wright was killed April 7 while trying to escape the Varner Unit in Grady.

Hunter says Wilson was heading to work in a field when he ran. Hunter says Wilson made it outside the prison fence before the officers opened fire and shot him in the back.

The prosecutor noted that state law allows deadly force to prevent the escape of a convicted felon.

Wilson was serving two life without parole sentences for killing 26-year-old Pamela Kay Reed and her 8-month-old son, Lucas Reed, in 2002.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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