Oklahoma couple's killer will get life in prison as jurors fail to reach unanimous verdict

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Published: December 11, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jurors deliberating the sentencing for Arizona inmate John McCluskey have failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

That means the judge will sentence McCluskey to life in prison for murdering a retired Oklahoma couple during a multistate crime spree that followed a 2010 prison break. A sentencing date has yet to be set.

>>Read: Jury convicts inmate of killing Oklahoma couple (Published Oct. 8, 2013)

>>Read: Man tells of the carjacking and death of an Oklahoma couple along I-40 in 2010 (Published Sept. 2, 2013 )

It ends a four-month trial. McCluskey shot and killed the couple from Tecumseh, Okla., as they passed through New Mexico while on vacation.

Prosecutors portrayed the McCluskey as a dangerous killer who deserved nothing less than execution.

The defense painted him as a broken man with a low IQ who suffered a hard life of abuse.

>>Read: Ranger who helped nab fugitives hailed as hero (Published Aug. 20, 2010 )

>>Read: Slain Tecumseh couple were looking forward to becoming grandparents (Published Aug. 13, 2010)

>>Read: Arizona escapees linked to New Mexico homicides; Oklahoma couple could be victims (Published Aug. 8, 2010)

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