Arizona Prison Escapees Could Get Date With Death. New Mexico Seeks Death Penalty for Murder of Oklahoma Couple

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Tracy Province (left) and John McCluskey
It seemed only a matter of time, but federal prosecutors in New Mexico have laid the groundwork to seek the death penalty for two Arizona prison escapees, and their female accomplice, for the murder of an Oklahoma couple committed as the escapees were on the run after breaking out of the Kingman Prison last summer.

Yesterday, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against Casslyn Welch, her cousin/ fiancee, John McCluskey, and Tracy Province for the murders of Linda and Gary Haas -- both 61 and from Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

The superseding indictment "incorporates the original indictment and adds a notice of special findings under a law that allows the death penalty," the Associated Press reports.

McCluskey and Province escaped from the Kingman Prison -- with Welch's help -- on July 30.

While on the run, authorities say the three murdered Linda and Gary Haas in Eastern New Mexico.

The victims, who were about to become grandparents, were on their annual summer trip to Colorado when their paths crossed with the escaped inmates.

Authorities believe the couple met the inmates at a rest area along Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico.

It's believed the couple were shot in their travel trailer before the inmates and Welch drove it to a remote area, unhitched the Hass' truck, and torched the trailer with the bodies of the inside.
 

Following his arrest, McCluskey tried to kill himself in prison. Sadly, he failed, but it seems his fatal wish may still be granted, compliments of the federal government.
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Balloonhead
Balloonhead

those bugs are all a bunch of Arizona inbred hillbilly's. i mean that one methed out speed tweeker was gonna marry his cousin. if that aint hillbilly i dont know what is.

Balloonhead
Balloonhead

they also might die of old age in prison first. thats the part they forgot to tell you in the story.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Under what state's laws? New Mexico nixed the death penalty back in 2009. The Supreme Court nixed the federal death penalty back in the '70s.

Tod
Tod

@Dtbaker

Maybe you are confusing this site with some stodgy news site (not that they are un-biased). But the New Times is all about inserting opinions. Don't like it ... go somewhere else.

Dtbaker
Dtbaker

"Sadly he failed" I thought journalists were supposed to remain objective, good ones anyways. Go back to school James. The readers like to read news and develop their own opinions, not have to listen to childish rants like the one you just shared. No ones asking so just report it, okay.

Mickeymaxnme
Mickeymaxnme

If the Fed's nixed the death penalty back in the 70's then can you explain why they executed Timothy McVeigh? And rather quickly - not like the states that still boast having a death penalty where inmates are housed for decades.

andrew23
andrew23

Not to mention that this was a blog entry...

Mistalee
Mistalee

You are correct. My bad. Although the Supreme court struck down the federal as well as state death penalty statutes in the 1970s, the feds reinstated a rewritten death penalty statute in the 1980s, and Clinton expanded that limited statute to apply to something like 60 different crimes in 1994.

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