Georgia Fugitive Caught

ATLANTA (AP) _ A woman who escaped from a Georgia prison 33 years ago has been recaptured in east Texas.

Federal marshals arrested 53-year-old Deborah Gavin at her home Wednesday in Frankston, Texas.

Gavin, who was serving time on an armed robbery conviction out of Gwinnett County, escaped from the Georgia Women's Correctional
Institution in Baldwin County in 1974.

In the following years, Gavin moved from state to state, living in Tennessee, Florida and Texas. Authorities say she met and married Richard Murphey, changed her last name and had two children.

Richard Murphey said he visited his wife yesterday in the Anderson County, Texas, jail, and said she refused to sign her extradition papers.

He said today that his wife told him she fled the Georgia women's prison because prisoners there were being subjected to sexual abuse.

The women's prison in Hardwick was the center of a sex scandal which broke in the early 1990s. Investigations prompted by lawsuits turned up cases going back for years of guards having sex with inmates. All the women were moved out of the prison in 1993 and it
became a men's prison.

Records show Gavin had escaped from the prison several times before her final escape, once fleeing as far away as Louisiana.

Each time she was recaptured. At the time, officials say the prison
had no fences and security was lax. But in July 1974, a month after her last recapture, Gavin again broke loose. This time, she disappeared.

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