Closing arguments wrap up in NM murder trial

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Defense attorneys say the capital murder case against an escaped Arizona convict accused in the carjacking and slayings of a retired Oklahoma couple leaves a “mountain of doubt.”

But prosecutors say witness descriptions of defendant John McCluskey being covered in blood moments after the shooting deaths of Gary and Linda Haas leave no question about the identity of the triggerman.

Prosecutor Greg Fouratt called the crime “stunningly disgusting.” He asked jurors to consider the fear the Haases felt in 2010 when they were carjacked at gunpoint. Their remains were found incinerated along with their burned-out travel trailer.

Fouratt pleaded with jurors to find McCluskey guilty on all counts as closing arguments wrapped up late Wednesday.

Jurors are scheduled to begin deliberations Thursday.

If convicted, McCluskey faces a possible death sentence.

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