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Escapee Says He Feared Guards Would Kill Him

September 04, 1987|United Press International

BOISE, Ida. — Convicted killer Claude Dallas testified Thursday that he broke out of the Idaho State Prison last year because he feared guards were plotting to kill him and were using his picture for target practice.

"By the end of December, 1983, I was convinced that, if they had the opportunity to rid themselves of me, they'd jump on it," Dallas said.

He testified for the first time in the third day of his trial for escaping from prison after being convicted in the wilderness shootings of two state game wardens. Defense lawyer Lance Churchill sought to prove that Dallas had no choice but to escape.

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