LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are demanding an independent investigation into a murderer’s escape from a Michigan prison.
House Minority Leader Tim Greimel said Monday that Republicans who control state government can’t be trusted to fairly assess whether budget cuts contributed to the Feb. 2 escape.
Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is investigating the escape at the request of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
Michael David Elliot, who was serving a life sentence for four murders, was apprehended by Indiana authorities a day after his escape. Democrats have questioned whether Republican-backed cuts to perimeter patrols and manned gun towers factored into the escape.
The state denies cutbacks had a role.
Schuette’s spokeswoman says the investigation is impartial because he holds an office constitutionally separate from the governor.