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Inmate wants new trial on Arizona escape charges

KINGMAN, Ariz. — A man convicted of escaping from a medium-security prison
near Kingman wants a new trial.

John McCluskey alleges in court documents that attorneys who represented him
during trial and on appeal were ineffective.

A Mohave County Superior Court judge has approved his request for a lawyer and
set a January deadline to file a petition for post-conviction relief.

The head of the Mohave County public defender office and the appellate defender
office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

McCluskey failed to get his 43-year prison sentence and conviction on escape
and other charges overturned.

Authorities say an accomplice helped McCluskey and two others flee the prison
in 2010.

McCluskey is being held in New Mexico on federal charges of carjacking and
murder in the deaths of an Oklahoma couple.


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