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Pre-trial begins for inmate charged with killing officers in Putnam Co.

The pre-trial of Ricky Dubose -- one of two Georgia prison inmates accused in the June 13, 2017, murders of two Georgia Department of Correctional officers -- began Wednesday, one year after the incident took place/Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

EATONTON, Ga. -- The pre-trial of Ricky Dubose -- one of two Georgia prison inmates accused in the June 13, 2017, murders of two Georgia Department of Correctional officers -- began Wednesday, one year after the incident took place.

Dubose, 25, is charged with two counts of murder, one count of motor vehicle hijacking and felony escape. State prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

He -- along with Donnie Russell Rowe -- is accused of overpowering officers Christopher Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58, on a prison bus, taking their guns and fatally shooting them. It was traveling on Highway 16 in Putnam Co. at the time.

Dubose and Rowe allegedly then carjacked a Honda Civic and got away. They were captured about 60 hours later on June 15, 2017, in Tennessee.

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Dubose pleaded not guilty to the murder charges in January.

Eleven-year FBI Special Agent Nathan Opie was the first prosecution witness to take the stand Wednesday morning. Opie, who works out of the FBI Memphis division, got involved in the case on June 15 after the two men were in custody.

He first made contact with Dubose in the booking area of the main jail. Opie says Dubose was treated fairly, never threatened and voluntarily spoke with him.

Prosecutors showed video after Dubose's arrest where he explained how he escaped.

When asked in the video if he shot both officers, he said, "yes sir." He also said he had to load the gun, that he shot the "white dude in the head" and then shot the driver in the head.

Pre-trial continues June 21, where more motions will be discussed and additional witnesses will be called.

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