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Husband and wife murder suspects; Attorneys debate cameras in court

Posted at 7:37 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 21:37:58-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — The case of a Tucson couple accused of murder who escaped police and hid out for weeks.

Tucson police say Blane and Susan Barksdale killed a 70-year-old man and Blane burned his house down.

Blane and Susan Barksdale attorney argued cameras should not be allowed into court hearings before the trial because it could taint the jurors impressions of the case.

KGUN9 Attorney Daniel Arrelano said "You know our system really functions best when the public can see that it's operating openly and fairly and so having cameras, I think ensures our public's ability to do that."

We are using files images because cameras were forbidden in Friday's hearing.

Arrelano argued, Arizona rules say cameras should be allowed in unless there's a very strong reason to keep them out.

Susan Barksdale's attorney said there may be no problem with cameras in court once the trial begins, and a judge orders jurors to avoid media coverage.

The judge will take some time to consider the arguments before she rules.