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Pima County Judge Denies Change Of Venue In Barksdales' Case

(Tucson Police Department via AP, File)

A Pima County judge has denied a motion to change venue for a husband and wife accused of killing a Tucson man earlier this year.

Prosecutors say the next court hearing for 56-year-old Blane Barksdale and 59-year-old Susan Barksdale is December 30th.

The couple has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the April death of 72-year-old Frank Bligh, whose body hasn't been found.

The two were arrested on September 11 in northeastern Arizona after a 16-day escape from extradition to southern Arizona to face charges in the Bligh case.

The Barksdales originally were arrested in upstate New York in May and escaped August 26 in Utah while being transported to face charges in the Bligh case.

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