Sun, 06 Jul 2014 03:43:50 GMT — A southeast Missouri man awaiting trial for his wife's death is on the loose after escaping custody while watching a fireworks display. Thirty-two-year-old Jason McClurg was with nine other inmates outside the Shannon County jail on Friday night when he broke free. A woman who answered the phone at the sheriff's office late Saturday afternoon said McClurg had not been taken into custody. The Winona man was charged in May with first-degree murder for the death of his wife, Stephanie McClurg. Police say McClurg tried to kill his wife by mixing a prescription medicine with Kool-Aid, but it didn't work, so he tried again the next day and succeeded. McClurg is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7 for a preliminary hearing on the murder charge. UPDATE:A murder suspect who escaped from a southeast Missouri jail while watching a fireworks show is back in custody.
Winona Police Chief Alonzo Bradwell says 35-year-old Jason McClurg of Winona was arrested without incident Sunday evening at a camper trailer near his hometown.
McClurg ran away from the Shannon County jail in Eminence Friday night when he and other inmates were taken outside to watch a fireworks show.
KYTV reports that Shannon County Sheriff Steven Blunkall says the deputy who took the inmates outside the jail to watch the fireworks was fired for violating jail policy.
McClurg is charged with first-degree murder in the May death of his wife, 32-year-old Stephanie McClurg. Prosecutors allege he put prescription drugs in Kool-Aid he gave to her.