Judge says Arizona inmate will remain in state

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Posted: Oct 27, 2010 9:57 PM
Judge says Arizona inmate will remain in state

One of three inmates whose escape from an Arizona state prison prompted a nationwide manhunt will face charges in Arizona before being moved to New Mexico, where he's accused of murder.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Victoria Stazio says the judge at a hearing in Kingman, Ariz., ordered that John McCluskey remain in Arizona to face charges stemming from the July prison break.

The hearing was held Wednesday to determine where McCluskey first would face trial.

A federal magistrate in Albuquerque, N.M., had granted a request by prosecutors there to move the inmates to New Mexico for a November hearing in the deaths of an Oklahoma couple.

A Mohave County court order prohibited McCluskey' release without the court's approval.

Authorities say the three inmates escaped July 30 with the help of McCluskey's fiancee and cousin, Casslyn Welch. All four were later apprehended.