A killer took the witness stand in federal court Monday. Tracey Province described how John McCluskey, his fellow Arizona prison escapee, executed a tourist couple they had carjacked in New Mexico.
Province painted McCluskey as the leader in their crime spree, the one giving orders, and the one who decided Gary and Linda Haas needed to die.
Province explained to the jury what led to the murders in McCluskey's federal murder trial
of Gary and Linda Haas.
He detailed how he, Mccluskey, and a third inmate, planned and escaped from an Arizona prison in 2010 with the help of Casslyn Welch, McCluskey's cousin and fiancé.
The escape sparked a nearly month-long national manhunt.
On Monday, Province told the jury McCluskey regretted letting the truckers live after learning they called police.
He said McCluskey later spotted the Haases and their truck and camper trailer at an I-40 rest stop near Tucumcari.
Province said McCluskey and Welch agreed they needed a different vehicle; they were tired of their small getaway car and wanted more comfort.
Province testified Monday that the Haases were cooperating, and claims the plan was for the them to walk a couple miles before leaving them. Province mentioned McCluskey making sure Gary Haas had his hat for the walk, before leading the couple into the trailer.
An hour-and-a-half after the carjacking, Province claims McCluskey was alone with the couple in the camper trailer when he heard four gunshots.
Province said McCulskey told him he couldn't leave witnesses. They later burned and ditched the trailer with the bodies inside near Santa Rosa, Province said.
Province, who was already serving a life sentence for murder before the escape, said he just wanted to score some heroin, go into the mountains and overdose. He claims he didn't know McCluskey was going to kill the Haas couple.
Province could be on the stand for two more days. McCluskey's attorney has made it clear he wants to attack Province's credibility, citing his lengthy criminal history and drug addiction.
Province has already pled guilty in the case and faces five consecutive life sentences without parole.
Province split from McCluskey and Welch after the murders and was captured in Wyoming. McCluskey and Welch were later captured at a campground in Arizona.
McCluskey faces the death penalty if convicted.