Mother of slain Oklahoma camper files $10 million claim in Arizona

The mother of an Oklahoma man believed to have been killed by an Arizona prison escapee has filed a $10 million claim against Arizona and a wrongful death lawsuit against the private company that operates the prison that housed the fugitive.

The Thursday claim against the state is the precursor to a lawsuit. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Management & Training Corporation of Delaware on Wednesday.

The company operates the private prison near Kingman where three fugitives escaped on July 30.

Authorities believe one of those escaped inmates, John McCluskey, shot Gary Haas and his wife, Linda, near Santa Rosa, N.M., in the days following the escape as the fugitives grew weary of traveling in a car and targeted the Haases for their camping trailer.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com