Escaped Missouri murder suspect back in custody

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WINONA, Mo. (AP) – 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.

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.

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