Escaped Arizona convict faces charges in Garfield County court
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A convicted killer who escaped from a private prison in Arizona in July was formally charged Wednesday by prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Court.
Daniel Kelly Renwick, 36, is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, after deliberation, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, extended indifference. Prosecutors also charged Renwick with vehicular eluding and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. He also faces an escape charge out of Arizona.
Renwick was arrested in the parking lot of the Red River Inn in Rifle on Aug. 1. Following a brief chase and allegedly shooting at local law enforcement, authorities arrested Renwick after a Rifle police officer rammed his police cruiser into the SUV the suspect was driving.
Renwick, in court Wednesday, invoked his Fifth and Six Amendment rights to remain silent and to have counsel present during any questioning by any law enforcement officer.
Renwick, along with two other inmates – John McCluskey, 45, and convicted killer Tracy Province, 42 – escaped from the private, medium-security state prison near Kingman, Ariz., on July 30. Authorities say 44-year-old Casslyn Mae Welch, who is McCluskey’s fiancee and cousin, threw wire cutters over the perimeter fence to aid the escape. The inmates used the wire cutters to cut a hole in the prison’s perimeter fence.
The three later kidnapped two semi-truck drivers at gunpoint and used the truck to get away, according to Associated Press reports. The group left the two unharmed in a Flagstaff, Ariz., truckstop before fleeing.
Province, McCluskey and Welch are also suspected in the deaths of Linda and Gary Haas, both 61, from Tecumseh, Okla. The couple’s skeletal remains were discovered in the charred debris of a truck camper on Aug. 4. Their truck was found 100 miles west in Albuquerque, the Associated Press reported.
Province was arrested in Meeteetse, Wyo., about 60 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 9. He appeared in a Cody, Wyo., courtroom on Tuesday, where he waived extradition for his return to Arizona – where he will likely face escape charges, among others.
Authorities were still searching for McCluskey and Welch as of Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, authorities were searching for them in northern Montana near the Canadian border. The news agency reported that the search is concentrated in an area about 10 miles south of the Canadian boarder, where Welch was reportedly spotted at a restaurant on Sunday.
However, attention also turned Wednesday afternoon to the Arkansas Ozarks, where McCluskey and Welch are suspected of robbing a beauty salon.
Province was serving a life sentence for murder and robbery out of Pima County, Ariz. McCluskey was serving a 15-year prison term for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm out of Maricopa County, Ariz.
Renwick was serving two consecutive 22-year sentences for second-degree murder out of Pima County, Ariz.
No cameras were allowed in the courtroom Wednesday. District Court Magistrate Holly Strablizky denied requests for expanded media coverage after the public defender’s office argued that doing so can be highly prejudicial to the defendant and could jeopardize his right to a fair and impartial trial, if the case goes to trial.
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