Susan Barksdale pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2019 death of Frank Bligh
Blane Barksdale has a plea hearing set for Friday, Nov. 19.
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - One of the suspects from a 2019 homicide has reached a plea deal in the case.
Susan Barksdale pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday, Nov. 10, in connection with the death of Frank Bligh in Tucson in April 2019.
The 61-year-old Susan Barksdale and her husband Blane Barksdale had been facing first-degree murder charges. She is set to be sentenced Friday, Dec. 10.
The 58-year-old Blane Barksdale has a plea hearing, status conference and Donald set for Friday, Nov. 19.
Bligh’s home exploded in April 2019 and his body has never been found. The Tucson Police Department said evidence found at the house led detectives to determine the fire was intentionally set. Additional evidence found during the investigation led detectives to obtain arrest warrants for the Barksdales.
The couple fled the state after the incident but was captured in New York in May 2019. They then escaped while being extradited back to Pima County.
A massive manhunt ensued and the Barksdales were found in northern Arizona after more than two weeks on the run.
Brent Mallard, the Barksdales’ nephew, has already pleaded guilty to arson in connection with the case.
Mallard has a sentencing hearing set for 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10.
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