Share “Jury selection begins in slaying of...”

Jury selection begins in slaying of Oklahoma couple

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for an Arizona inmate who escaped from prison and is accused of killing a retired couple who was traveling through New Mexico.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, AP Published: July 22, 2013
Advertisement

The charges stem from a carjacking that took place Aug. 2, 2010, at a rest stop near the New Mexico-Texas state line. Court documents said the fugitives forced themselves into the Haases' truck and ordered the couple to drive west on Interstate 40. They eventually exited onto a lonely two-lane road and stopped.

McCluskey was alone with the couple inside the trailer when gunshots rang out and the Haases' were killed, according to court documents.

The fugitives drove the trailer to a more remote spot, unhitched it and used liquor they found inside to set it ablaze. Investigators found the Haases' remains along with three bullet casings among the charred debris. Gone were the couple's truck, money and guns.

Province was captured days later in Wyoming, and McCluskey and Welch were taken into custody at a campground in Arizona.

After being questioned by federal agents, McCluskey said he shot Gary Haas once and Linda Haas three times.

McCluskey's attorneys have implied that they plan to present evidence that he has a mental defect or disease. They have indicated in court filings that they might call to the stand a forensic neuropsychologist who performed clinical tests on McCluskey. Some of the tests assess a person's planning ability and could be used to show lack of intent.

NewsOK.com has disabled the comments for this article.

Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    This film with Oklahoma ties is already generating Oscar buzz
  2. 2
    Madeleine Albright Burns Conan O'Brien in Hilarious Twitter War
  3. 3
    NYPD officers seen discarding gloves, masks into garbage can near Ebola patient's apartment
  4. 4
    Senate Midterm Elections
  5. 5
    (NEW PHOTOS) Jennifer Lawrence buys 'romantic' home that Jessica Simpson sold last year
+ show more