Stun belt OK'd for Ariz. inmate with escape charge

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 7:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 14 at 7:17 AM

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- A Mohave County judge has deemed a man who escaped from a state prison near Kingman last year a potential threat and has approved the use of a stun belt on him.

Judge Steven Conn says prosecutors successfully argued Monday that the stun belt is an appropriate security measure for John McCluskey, whose trial begins Tuesday in Kingman.

McCluskey is facing charges of escape, kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault and misconduct involving weapons. The felony counts stem from the hijacking of two truck drivers following the escape last July.

McCluskey has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His trial is scheduled to end Friday.

McCluskey's attorney had argued that the stun belt would unfairly impact the jury and his client's ability to participate in his defense.
 

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