New York prison break: Was husband warned about escape plan, murder plot? – CNN

(CNN)His wife is accused of helping two convicted murderers break out of a New York prison. And the escape plan, a source says, also included a plot to kill him.

But how much did Lyle Mitchell know?

That’s one of the multitude of questions investigators are asking as they search for the two fugitives, Richard Matt and David Sweat, in a massive manhunt that expanded Tuesday.

A source with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN that prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell knew the two inmates had plotted to kill her husband, told him about their plans to break out of the facility and warned him that his life could be in danger.

But a lawyer representing Lyle Mitchell said the husband, who also worked in the prison’s tailoring block, was kept in the dark.

“He didn’t know anything about the escape plan,” attorney Peter Dumas said.

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