Inmate takes stand in McCluskey murder trial

Posted at: 08/26/2013 11:04 AM | Updated at: 08/26/2013 2:56 PM

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) -- An Arizona prison inmate is testifying in the murder trial of a fellow escapee who is charged with killing an Oklahoma couple at a New Mexico highway rest stop.

Tracy Province testified Monday that it took three months to plan the escape with John McCluskey, but only 3 minutes to accomplish it.

They sparked a nationwide manhunt when they escaped with the help of an accomplice from a medium-security prison near Kingman, Ariz. in 2010.

Prosecutors say the trio targeted Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla., at a rest stop near the Texas-New Mexico state line.

Province has yet to testify about the killings. He is expected to testify for as many three days.

McCluskey's defense attorneys indicated in a recent motion they intend to challenge Province's credibility.

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