ALBUQUERUQE (KRQE) - Jury selection in the case against John McCluskey , who is facing federal charges for the carjacking and murder of an Oklahoma couple traveling through New Mexico in 2010, is set to begin Monday.
But the trial isn't expected to wrap up until November.
The case criss-crosses several states and got national attention – which could be the reason the trial is expected to take so long.
The US attorney's office says jury selection is expected to take three weeks and the actual trial is expected to take three months.
McCluskey and Tracy Province escaped from an Arizona prison in 2010 – the two along with accomplice Casslyn Welch allegedly carjacked and killed Gary and Linda Haas who were stopped at a rest stop near Santa Rosa.
The Haas's burned up trailer was found just days after the escape.
Province and Welch have both taken plea deals and agreed to testify against McCluskey during the trial.
Federal prosecutors have experienced some setbacks in the case. A year ago a federal judge tossed out McCluskey's confession because FBI agents violated his right to counsel.
McCluskey could face the death penalty in this case – he is currently in custody at the State Penn in Santa Fe.
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