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Husband-and-wife murder suspects captured after escape

Husband-and-wife murder suspects captured after escape

Blane Barksdale and his wife Susan, both wanted for murder, escaped custody last month by overpowering a transport team that was taking them from upstate NY to Pima County, Arizona.

The Barksdales are suspected of slaying 72-year-old Frank Bligh (pictured) in April in Tuscon, Arizona.

There were few details available about how the two were taken into custody by U.S. Marshals Service agents and Navajo County Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday, police said.

Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, escaped in Utah on August 26 while being extradited from upstate NY to Arizona.

They were considered armed and risky after breaking free from two guards who were taking them from upstate NY to Tucson, Arizona to face murder charges over the killing of an elderly Vietnam veteran and burning of his house last April. When the vehicle pulled over near Blanding, Utah, the couple overpowered the two guards as they opened the rear doors, David Gonzales, U.S. marshal for Arizona, has told the Associated Press.

Earlier this week, Blane Barksdale was added to the U.S. Marshals' 15 "most wanted" list, and authorities said described him as a career criminal who is believed to be connected to the Aryan Brotherhood and white supremacist gangs.

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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.

Tucson authorities said the Barksdales might have been getting help to stay in hiding. But as a security van took the couple back to Arizona last month, they overpowered guards in Utah and escaped.

The Barksdales drove the van with the three captives locked inside to Vernon, Arizona, where they got a red GMC truck from an acquaintance and abandoned the van and their prisoners, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

He said at a Monday news conference that the marshals were changing their strategy, after a fruitless search for the couple for two weeks. They don't think the couple made it to Mexico, KOLD says. 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 were being extradited from upstate NY, where they were arrested in May.