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Accused Kool-Aid Wife Killer Escapes From Custody During Fireworks Show

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A Missouri inmate escaped custody while watching a fireworks show Friday evening in celebration of the 4th of July.

Jason McClurg, 32, along with nine other inmates, was taken outside the Shannon County prison to watch fireworks.

McClurg managed to break free from custody and escape, reports KY3.

According to police, McClurg is considered dangerous and authorities believe he may be armed. Sheriff Steven Blunkall said he believed McClurg was headed east in the Ozark area.

It has yet to be determined whether McClurg was in restraints when he escaped, or if he had assistance.

McClurg was arrested in May of 2014 and charged with first-degree murder for killing his wife, Stephanie McClurg, at their home in Winona by mixing prescription medications with Kool-Aid, reports the Daily Mail.

The first attempt at her life with the Kool-Aid mixture did not work, so he allegedly tried again the next day. The second time was a success, and it is believed he convinced her to drink it by telling her their toddler child made the drink for her.

The day of his wife’s death, McClurg posted to Facebook thanking people for their support.

“Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, I'm sorry everyone I just don't know what to say right now, I will always love you Stephanie and you will forever be in my heart,” McClurg wrote.

McClurg’s appearance is described as standing 6’1”, weighing 190 pounds, with blonde hair, brown eyes, and multiple tattoos.

The preliminary hearing for McClurg is scheduled to take place August 7 in court.