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Jury continues deliberations in death penalty case

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) -

Jurors resumed deliberations Monday on the punishment for an Arizona inmate who kidnapped and murdered a retired Oklahoma.

The federal panel is considering 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 couple crossed paths with McCluskey and fellow fugitives at a New Mexico rest stop following an Arizona prison break.

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 argues he has a low IQ and has suffered a hard life of abuse, brain damage and addiction. Prosecutors say he's a remorseless, cold-blooded killer.

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