ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal jury in Albuquerque begins the third and final phase of the capital murder trial of Arizona convict John McCluskey, who murdered an Oklahoma couple following his 2010 prison break.
After less than a day of deliberations, the jury on Tuesday ruled John McCluskey acted willfully and intentionally when he kidnapped and killed retirees Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla., as they passed through New Mexico. That verdict makes him eligible for the death penalty.
The jury returns Wednesday for what is expected to be weeks of additional testimony before deciding whether McCluskey should be executed or sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The same jury on Oct. 7 convicted McCluskey of 20 counts of aggravated murder, carjacking and other charges.