Accused killer captured after escaping from southern Missouri jail

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Update: Shannon County jail escapee Jason McClurg has been captured

EMINENCE, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri man awaiting trial for his wife's death is on the loose after escaping custody while watching a fireworks display.

KYTV-TV ( ) reports 32-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.
Information from: KYTV-TV,


  • Ken

    Brilliant police there in Eminence.
    This is why scum in prison does not deserve “privileges” nor should have “rights”.

  • Dazzette

    See this is what is wrong with society today. Prison has been glorified so much that there are some people who don’t mind going there. Why did this prison official feel that is was nessisary to take 10 prisoners out to see fireworks? It makes no sense. I hope someone was fired for that.

  • JustWayne Blue

    Was not a Prison . It was a small town jail that let 10 prisoners an 1 Police officer . Yea reel smart. I think they need to be getting rid of some of the police that thought it was a good idea. They did catch the guy today. An why in the world does he need to watch fireworks after killing his wife an it took him 2 time to do it.

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