Defense to deliver closing arguments in McCluskey murder trial
Posted at: 10/02/2013 8:16 AM
| Updated at: 10/02/2013 8:21 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
ALBUQUERQUE -- The defense team in the John McCluskey murder trial will give their closing arguments Wednesday in federal court.
McClusky is accused of shooting an Oklahoma couple to death in 2010 after escaping an Arizona prison.
Before the trial started, the defense team had planned to prove to the jury that McCluskey has a mental disease.
On Tuesday, the prosecution tried to sell jurors on their argument that McCluskey had all along planned his escape from prison and was prepared to kill people in the way, including any guards that tried to catch him.
Prosecutors also brought up the testimony of McCluskey's cousin-turned-girlfriend Cassalyn Welch, who told the jury she brought pliers and guns to help with the escape. Welch is now serving life in prison for her role in the case.
Prosecutors reminded the jury that Welch always said McCluskey was the one who shot and killed Gary and Linda Haas since he wanted to steal a truck and trailer, which the couple was driving during their camping trip.
If McCluskey is found guilty, he faces the death penalty.