ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The call from her ex-husband came in the middle of the night. All Joy Glattfelder knew was there were hostages involved and John McCluskey needed her to pick him up in Flagstaff, Ariz.
It was just hours after a prison break. McCluskey, a fellow inmate and their accomplice had kidnapped a pair of truckers, commandeered their semi and had been driving for more than four hours. They needed another ride.
"It was a matter of a life and death situation. If I didn't go, some people were going to die," she testified Tuesday. "I really didn't know what to do. I was in a really bad situation."
Glattfelder took the stand Tuesday in the capital murder trial of McCluskey, the last of three defendants to be tried on federal carjacking and murder charges in the 2010 slayings of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla.
Glattfelder told jurors that she didn't immediately know what had happened but that something wasn't right. She knew McCluskey was supposed to be "locked up." After panicking and pacing her Prescott Valley home, she decided to go.
She loaded up some clothes and her 12-year-old daughter, then took the trio to a country store owned by McCluskey's mother. There they picked up cash, supplies and keys to another get-away car that was parked at a family home in Mesa.
Under questioning, Glattfelder said she couldn't recall many details of that night.
McCluskey's defense team, meanwhile, questioned her credibility, accusing her of cooperating with prosecutors to get her own charges in the escape reduced to one charge of hindering the prosecution. She faces up to 30 years in prison.
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