Married murder suspects captured 2 weeks after escape

Updated: September 12, 2019 07:47 AM
Created: September 12, 2019 03:44 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The husband-and-wife murder suspects are back in custody after more than two weeks on the run.

NBC News reported early Thursday that Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, were arrested without incident northeast of Phoenix.


The Barksdales are charged in the murder of Frank Bligh, 72, whose body has not been found. His Tucson home was set on fire April 16, and authorities have said the blaze was started to cover up the killing.

Deputies originally found the couple hiding out in Henrietta back in May. The couple escaped in Utah on Aug. 26 while being extradited from Henrietta to Arizona. 

Earlier this week, Blane Barksdale was added to the U.S. Marshals' 15 "most wanted" list, and authorities believed he had connections to the Aryan Brotherhood and white supremacist gangs.


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