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Second man charged in killing of prison corrections officer appears in Putnam court

Donnie Russell Rowe goes before a judge in Putnam County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on Friday March 16th. / WSB-TV

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga.— On Friday, Donnie Russell Rowe, one of the two men charged in the June 2017 shooting deaths of two Georgia Department of Corrections officers went before a judge in Putnam County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing.

Rowe entered court wearing a standard prison jump suit, while accompanied by five armed guards as he appeared to meet his attorneys for the first time. He is being represented attorneys Adam Levin and Erin Wallace, who were appointed to the case in February by the Regional Capital Defender’s Office.

Judge Trent Brown gave Rowe’s attorneys a total of 120 days to file any preliminary motions in the case after reviewing the roughly five boxes and an envelope of evidence against Rowe. The evidence files were turned over to Rowe's defense team by District Attorney Steven Bradley.

Prior to the incident in June of 2017, Row was already serving life without parole for a crime he committed in Macon a decade and a half ago.

State prosecutors said they intend to seek the death penalty in the case. Rowe is scheduled for arraignment April 17th. at 1 p.m.


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