Tucson couple wanted for murder arrested in NY

Tucson couple wanted for murder arrested in NY
Blane and Susan Barksdale (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Tucson man and woman who police say are murder suspects were arrested near Rochester, NY, according to authorities in New York.

Blane Barksdale, 55, and Susan Barksdale, 58, were wanted on multiple charges including first-degree murder in connection with the potential death of 72-year-old Frank Bligh in April. Bligh had been reported missing and when his house in the 3500 block of South Calexico Avenue was involved in a fire and explosion, police began a homicide investigation. Bligh’s abandoned car was found in Tucson the day after the fire.

Fire investigators determined that no one was inside Bligh’s home during the fire.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, an MCSO deputy discovered the fugitives when he checked on an RV parked in a parking lot in Henrietta, NY, on Thursday, May 23.

They were arrested early on Friday, May 24, and booked into the Monroe County Jail to await extradition to Arizona.

In addition to the murder charge, the Barksdales each face charges of first-degree burglary, arson of an occupied structure, theft of means of transportation, criminal damage and prohibited possession.

Blane Barksdale’s nephew, Brent Mallard was arrested on April 24 in Phoenix on an arson charge.

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