ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that an escaped convict , who is also accused of killing two tourists in New Mexico, will still face the death penalty.
The judge also said there was enough evidence to link John McCluskey to the New Mexico murders from two years ago.
Authorities said McCluskey admitted to killing Gary and Linda Haas and burning their bodies but his confession had been thrown out.
McCluskey's attorney argued the only way to connect him to the murders was through two men who have taken plea deals in the case and are set to testify against him.
The federal judge disagreed.
A federal jury continues to deliberate the fate of John McCluskey.
A Sandoval County sheriff's deputy is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle while he was directing traffic at an earlier snow-related crash on Interstate 25.
KRQE Sports has learned that a developmental soccer team is coming to Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Sol FC will be affiliated with Major League Soccer.
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Albuquerque police have obtained an arrest warrant for the man investigators say held up a Home Depot store last month.
It's been steadily snowing in Albuquerque all morning as the majority of New Mexico feels the effects of the snow and dropping temperatures.