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McCluskey sentencing phase to begin Monday

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque jury that convicted Arizona prisoner John McCluskey of murdering a retired Oklahoma couple after a prison break will return Monday to decide whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

The penalty phase of the federal trial is expected to last weeks. Filings in the case since McCluskey was convicted on Oct. 7 indicate much of the testimony could center on his psychological state. Family members of the couple he killed also are expected to be called to push for the death sentence.

The 48-year-old John McCluskey was convicted of murder, carjacking and other charges in the August 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla., who were making their annual summer trek to Colorado when they crossed paths with McCluskey and two other fugitives looking for a better getaway car.

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