Trustees both returned to Louisiana State Police

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 12:53pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson says the two inmates are now where they belong - Angola.

It's no consolation to the wife of David Michael Cups, the man Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth are accused of carjacking and murdering in Mississippi. State Police call it a senseless act.

Pierce's and Wedgeworth's nine days of freedom lead police from Baton Rouge, through Mississippi, all the way to Jackson,Tennessee.

“These two men were gonna get out at some point - now they're never get out. That's because they're locked up at Angola tonight,” stated State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson.

Edmonson says he has no patience for people who break the law. “They said they were so sorry. I said, ‘You know what, you're not sorry - you're sorry you got caught. They wanted to give excuses, but the truth is they left us, and they killed somebody. Justice will be served,” said Edmonson. “Hundreds of police across three states worked for nearly two weeks to catch up with these guys. To tell me they're sorry - too late for that.”

The superintendent says he's thankful for the help from police officers in catching the duo. “When they brought them both back, it was important to me to be there and tell them that i was there looking for them,” said Edmonson.

Even though they have been caught, one man is dead, hundreds of police officers are exhausted, and now the entire trustee system in Louisiana is under review. According to Edmonson, the capture of Pierce and Wedgeworth is only bitter sweet.

Edmonson says he's wrapping up an internal investigation to figure out how the trustees escaped. There will likely be some modifications to the trustee program, and he will release a report of the findings next week.

In the meantime, all 181 inmates in State Police custody have had their privileges restricted.

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