A closer look at the Arizona prison escape of 2010


by Natalie Rivers


Posted on November 28, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 28 at 4:39 PM

PHOENIX -- A daring escape, a brazen crime spree, a disturbing love affair and a national manhunt were all part of a prison escape that turned the spotlight on Arizona in August.

Around 9 p.m. on July 30, three convicted murderers escaped from a Kingman, Ariz., state prison

John McCluskey, Daniel Renwick and Tracy Province became fugitives that morning and their actions put the Arizona prison system under a microscope in the days and weeks following the prison break and put the public on edge as dangerous criminals were on the loose.

The three Arizona prisoners escaped with the help of an accomplice, Casslyn Welch, who we would later learn was McCluskey's fiancee and cousin. 

After a few days on the lam criss-crossing the western part of the United States, the fugitives split up. Within days Renwick was apprehended in Colorado on Aug. 1.

Province was caught in Wyoming eight days later, but not before he, along with McCluskey and Welch, allegedly killed an Oklahoma couple in New Mexico.

Authorities say the three fugitives encountered the couple at a rest area along Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico.

Prosecutors say McCluskey shot and killed the couple inside their travel trailer.

It would take 20 days before Arizona law enforcement officials caught up with McCluskey and Welch on Aug. 19 at a campsite in Springerville, Ariz.

The pair were taken down without any injury and have remained in police custody since.

The escapees and Welch face a long list of charges related to the escape and subsequent crime spree.