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Arizona escapee’s lawyers eye DNA in NM murder case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Arizona prisoner who is accused of killing a couple
in New Mexico is seeking to have a key piece of evidence thrown out.

Lawyers for John Charles McCluskey are in federal court in Albuquerque this
week asking the judge to throw out DNA evidence they said is tainted.

Authorities said McCluskey was one of three prisoners whom authorities said
escaped in July 2010 from a medium-security prison near Kingman, Ariz., and went
on a multi-state crime spree. He is charged with carjacking and murder in the
deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla. Their remains were found with
their burned-out camping trailer on a ranch in eastern New Mexico.

The judge will likely issue a ruling after this week.


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