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Longtime Fugitive Caught, Released

June 27, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A killer who escaped from a New Mexico prison 22 years ago was caught in Washington state _ and released on bail eight days later.

The New Mexico Corrections Department will investigate, spokesman Gerges Scott said.

``If this guy made bail, this guy is not going to show up to an extradition hearing,″ he said. No hearing date had been set, he said.

Clarence McCoy, 50, was caught June 15 while driving by himself in a car pool lane in Renton, Wash., and was released Saturday from a Seattle jail on $75,000 bond, police said.

``They knew he was a fugitive. There’s not supposed to be any bonds on these warrants,″ Scott said.

McCoy was sent to prison in 1978 after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the strangulation of his 21-year-old wife. Eight months later, he escaped.

When he was arrested this month, he gave a false name but the arrest warrant still showed up, and he was arrested and taken to Seattle, said Sgt. Clarence Williams of the Regional Justice Center in Kent County, Wash.

An extradition warrant signed by Gov. Gary Johnson was sent to Washington, seeking McCoy’s return.

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