- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Missouri inmate accused of murdering his wife was captured after escaping Friday from a county jail when a deputy brought a group of prisoners outside to view a fireworks display.

Jason McClurg ran off from Shannon County Jail in Eminence after the deputy brought him and nine other inmates to an outdoors location to watch a Fourth of July fireworks show.

Mr. McClurg, 35, returned to his hometown of Winona, where he was found Sunday in a camper trailer and arrested without incident, Winona Police Chief Alonzo Bradwell told the Associated Press.

Prosecutors say Mr. McClurg poisoned his wife in May by putting prescription drugs in her Kool-Aid.

The deputy who escorted the inmates outside has reportedly been fired. It was the second time an inmate had escaped under his supervision, authorities said.


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