Democrats looking for independent prison probe into escaped convict

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 February 2nd escape.

Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is investigating the escape at the request of Republican Governor 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.