Fugitive couple facing murder charges back in custody

Fugitive couple facing murder charges back in custody

Fugitive couple facing murder charges back in custody

Earlier this week, Blane Barksdale's name was added to the U.S. Marshals' 15 "most wanted" list, and authorities said that he is a career criminal with likely links to the Aryan Brotherhood and white supremacist gangs.

A pair of 50-plus-year-old married murder suspects were busted in Arizona on Wednesday night after weeks on the lam since escaping police custody in NY, a report said.

Authorities said the pair commandeered a prison transport van and fled to rural Arizona, sparking a manhunt near the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

Details about the capture of Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, who escaped in Utah while being extradited from upstate NY to Arizona on August 26, were not immediately released. Additional details were not immediately disclosed.

The Barksdales have been charged with first-degree murder by Tucson police in the death of Frank Bligh, 72, who hasn't been seen since fire consumed his home April 16.

U.S. Marshals helped track the Barksdales when their RV's license plates were scanned by a license plate reader at the Eastview Mall in Victor.

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Tucson authorities said the Barksdales might have been getting help to stay in hiding.

It took the guards two to three hours to break free and they eventually kicked out some windows of the van. They then abandoned the van with the three locked inside and somehow evaded a sweeping manhunt conducted by multiple agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the report said.

The Barksdales escaped last month while being transported from NY to Arizona in connection with the murder of 72-year-old Frank Bligh in Phoenix.

From there, each drove away in a vehicle for about 40 miles and abandoned the van near the town of St. Johns, Arizona. An uninvolved prisoner was also found in the van with the guards.

Tucson police say a fire followed by an explosion broke out in April at the home of Frank Bligh before his auto was found abandoned the next day. Evidence found there led detectives to conclude the blaze was set.

Bligh's brother said the victim was good friends with Susan Barksdale but she had changed since meeting her new husband.

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