JACKSON, Miss. (AP, abc24.com) - A federal judge has ordered that two Louisiana inmates to be brought to Mississippi to face charges that they kidnapped and a killed a businessman after they escaped from prison.
Ricky Wedgeworth and Darian "Drake" Pierce were indicted Sept. 8 on charges including kidnapping and carjacking in the abduction and death of Ohio businessman David Cupps.
They are scheduled to appear in federal court in Jackson, Miss., on Oct. 12.
There was an intense search for the men in several Southern states between the time of their March 4 escape from a Louisiana State Police compound and their capture March 14 in Memphis, Tenn.
They are charged with kidnapping Cupps from a hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., before dumping his body in Bessemer, Ala. Cupps had been beaten and strangled.
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