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updated: 12/19/2013 7:04 AM

Defendant accused of asking mom to help in escape

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JANESVILLE, Wis. -- Court documents say a man accused of burning a woman's body at his property in Rock County asked his mother to blow out the jail wall with explosives so he could escape.

A criminal complaint says Nathan Middleton wrote his mother a letter and instructed her to look online for explosives to use in the escape. It says he also told his mother to switch the license plates on a rental car and leave it running outside the jail with a change of clothes.

The 29-year-old Evansville man has been in custody since Nov. 20 on charges connected to burning the body of Aprina Paul in a backyard fire pit in October.

WISC-TV says Middleton will be back in court Monday to continue an adjourned initial appearance. Middleton's attorney has withdrawn from the case.

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