Husband and wife fugitives wanted for murder are captured in Arizona

Blane and Susan Barksdale are suspected of killing a 72-year-old Tucson man and burning down his house

Once the U.S. Marshals Service tracked down the couple and arrested them in NY, a private security contractor was hired to bring them back to Tucson.

The Barksdales are suspected of slaying 72-year-old Frank Bligh (pictured) in April in Tuscon, Arizona.

The Navajo County Sheriff's Office and US Marshals apprehended Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, Wednesday night.

Blane, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, are wanted on murder and arson charges, police in Tucson said, August 27, 2019.

'It was compelling enough that they felt the need to pull over, ' David Gonzales, the USA marshal for Arizona, said of Susan's so-called medical emergency.

Earlier this week, Blane Barksdale was added to the U.S. Marshals' 15 "most wanted" list, and authorities said described him as a career criminal who is believed to be connected to the Aryan Brotherhood and white supremacist gangs.

"Instead of having 40, 50 police officers, agents on the ground, we're going to pull back a little bit, reset our investigation, go over other leads", Gonzales said Monday, two days before the couple was captured. Marshals said the couple faked a medical emergency and overpowered security guards.

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Tucson authorities said the Barksdales might have been getting help to stay in hiding.

Last month's transport of the two accused killers was being conducted by a private company, STS.

The Barksdales drove the van with the three captives locked inside to Vernon, Arizona, where they got a red GMC truckthe U.S. Marshals Service has said. After ditching the van, the couple drove off in the pickup truck, according to Gonzales.

The male and female guards weren't physically injured but the Barksdales used shoelaces to bind them and then put them in the back of the van with a third inmate, authorities say.

The couple then took off with the little money the guards had in their wallets, and then left behind the guards, who tied up in the back, as well as another prisoner.

The couple had been on the U.S. Marshal's 15 Most Wanted list when they were first captured.

Bligh's brother said the victim was good friends with Susan Barksdale but she had changed since meeting her new husband.

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