Arizona inmate convicted of killing Oklahoma Couple
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- An Arizona jury has convicted a man of killing a Tecumseh couple traveling through New Mexico.
According to KOAT-TV John McCluskey was found guilty on all 20 counts he was facing, including the premeditated murder of Gary and Linda Haas.
McCluskey was one of three prisoners who escaped from a medium-security prison in Arizona with the help of his cousin and fiancée, Casslyn Welch, in July of 2010.
After escaping McCluskey, Tracy Province and Welch spotted the couple near the New Mexico-Texas state line.
Authorities say the trio forced their way into the Haases’ truck and ordered the couple to drive on I-40.
McCluskey is accused of shooting the couple to death before driving the trailer to a remote location and setting it on fire.
After the crime, the fugitives led authorities on a manhunt that spanned three weeks.
Province and Welch pleaded guilty to charges associated with the Haases’ deaths and both are facing life sentences.
McCluskey could be sentenced to death or life in prison.
The sentencing part of the trial will begin October 15th.