Jury selection continues in Okla. couple’s killing

August 6, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors expect to seat a jury this week in the case of an Arizona inmate who escaped from prison and is accused of killing a retired couple who was traveling through [auth] New Mexico.

Jury selection is in its third week for John McCluskey. He’s the last defendant to face federal carjacking and murder charges in the 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla.

The Haases were headed to Colorado for an annual camping trip when they were targeted for their truck and travel trailer.

So far, prosecutors and defense attorneys have retained 57 prospective jurors for the panel. They are expected to whittle that pool to the final 12 jurors Thursday.

Opening statements are scheduled for Aug. 19. Prosecutors have said the trial could last four months.

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