Prosecution makes final plea to jurors in capital murder trial of Arizona convict

The trial of an escaped Arizona convict accused of killing an Oklahoma couple while on the run resumes Wednesday with closing arguments by the defense.

John McCluskey is facing federal murder, carjacking and other charges in the August 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that McCluskey had intentions of harming the Haases from the moment he and his alleged accomplices spotted the retired couple at a rest stop near the New Mexico-Texas state line.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Mott told jurors that the only possible verdict after a monthlong trial is guilty on all counts. Among the evidence, she said, are fingerprints and DNA on the murder weapon and inside the Haases' stolen pickup truck.


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