- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are demanding an independent investigation into a murderer’s escape from a Michigan prison.

House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (GRY’-mul) said Monday that Republicans who control state government can’t be trusted to fairly assess whether budget cuts contributed to the Feb. 2 escape.

Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOOT’-ee) is investigating the escape at the request of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

Michael David Elliot, who was serving a life sentence for four murders, was apprehended by Indiana authorities a day after his escape. Democrats have questioned whether Republican-backed cuts to perimeter patrols and manned gun towers factored into the escape.

The state denies cutbacks had a role.

Schuette’s spokeswoman says the investigation is impartial because he holds an office constitutionally separate from the governor.