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Angelina County jury sentences TDCJ inmate to death for murder of correctional officer

John Ray Falk Jr. (Source: TDCJ) John Ray Falk Jr. (Source: TDCJ)

An Angelina County jury sentenced an inmate to death Wednesday for his part in the murder of a correctional officer during an attempted escape from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Wynn Unit, according to a story in “The Huntsville Item.”

The Angelina County jury heard the John Ray Falk Jr. case because a change of venue was requested in the case.

“An Angelina County jury deliberated for 28 minutes this morning before reaching a decision following closing arguments,” the article stated. “Falk, who chose to represent himself, pleaded guilty to capital murder last Thursday for the slaying of Texas Department of Criminal Justice employee Susan Canfield of New Waverly.”

The jury could have either chose to give Falk the death penalty or sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the article stated.

On Sept. 24, 2007, Falk and another inmate, Jerry Duane Martin, ran away from a work detail at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville.

“Canfield was killed while trying to prevent the escape when her horse was struck by a stolen truck driven by Martin in the garage area of the city of Huntsville Service Center adjacent to the prison,” the article stated.

According to “The Huntsville Item” story, Falk and Martin were captured a few miles from the prison later that day.

A Leon County jury convicted Martin of capital murder and sentenced him to death in 2009, the story stated. He was executed in 2013 after he waived his right to an appeal.

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