No verdict reached yet in trial of Ariz. convict

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 5:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jurors have yet to reach a verdict in the capital murder trial of an Arizona convict who authorities say escaped from prison and killed an Oklahoma couple while on the run.

Jurors began deliberating Thursday in the case of John McCluskey. After more than seven hours, they headed home for the day without reaching any decisions.

Court officials say deliberations will resume Monday.

John McCluskey is the last of three defendants to face federal charges in the August 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla. Prosecutors say McCluskey and two other fugitives targeted the couple for their truck and travel trailer when their paths crossed at a rest stop near the New Mexico-Texas state line.

The Haases' charred remains were found along with their burned-out trailer on a remote New Mexico ranch.

If convicted, McCluskey could face a death sentence.

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