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Killer and Escapee Dies In Prison
By wbir.com
Published: 08/31/2010

A Tellico Plains man convicted of murdering two teenage girls in the 70's then spending years on the run after his escape, has died in prison.

U.S. Department of Corrections officials say Joe Shepherd died in the Northeast Correctional Facility in Mountain City on Saturday.

Shepherd was serving a life sentence for the murders of 16-year-old Roxanne Woodson and 15-year-old Kathy Clowers in 1978.

The case earned national attention, after Shepherd escaped from prison before his trials, and disappeared for years.

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