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Trial Begins For Inmate Escapee

Jury selection began Monday for an Arizona inmate who escaped from prison.

John McCluskey is accused of killing an Oklahoma couple while they were traveling through New Mexico.

He is facing federal carjacking and murder charges in the 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas.

McCluskey is one of three prisoners who escaped from a medium security prison near Kingman, Arizona.

Two others charged in the Hasses' deaths, inmate Tracy Province and Accomplice Casslyn Welch, pleaded guilty and are expected to testify.

They had been on the run since July 30th, 2010 when Welch helped McCluskey and two other inmates escape from the prison.

Authorities had been looking all over for the inmates.  One tip led them to Wyoming and others to Southern Canada,

A forest ranger spotted Welch and McCluskey at a campground in Arizona, both were armed.

Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty if McCluskey is convicted.

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