ALBUQUERQUE, NM - A federal jury says Arizona inmate John McCluskey is eligible for the death penalty for murdering an Oklahoma couple during his 2010 prison break.
The jury in Albuquerque says McCluskey meets the criteria for a death sentence for his conviction last month on capital murder, carjacking and other charges stemming from the kidnapping and murders of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla.
The couple was passing through New Mexico in August 2010 on a camping trip to Colorado.
To spare McCluskey the possibility of execution, the defense called several neurological experts in support of their argument that he is incapable of controlling his impulses and making reasoned decisions.
The jury now returns for more testimony before deciding whether he should be executed or sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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