Jury reaches decision on Ariz. inmate's punishment

By By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jurors have reached a decision on the punishment for an Arizona inmate who kidnapped and murdered a retired Oklahoma couple.

After nearly four days of deliberation, the federal panel announced they had decided whether John McCluskey should be executed or sentenced to life in prison for the August 2010 slayings of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla.

The verdict is to be read in court Wednesday afternoon.

McCluskey was convicted in October of murder and numerous other charges.

Much of the sentencing phase focused on whether he was capable of controlling his impulses and making reasoned decisions when he kidnapped and killed the couple.

The defense argued that he has a low IQ and has suffered a hard life of abuse, brain damage and addiction. Prosecutors called him a remorseless, cold-blooded killer.

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