If John McCluskey -- Alleged Prison Escapee/Murderer -- Acts Up in Court, He Will Get Shocked

Prison escapee John McCluskey's Arizona trial is going on right now, and he better behave -- or he'll be shocked electrically.

The judge overseeing McCluskey's case found it appropriate to hook the alleged two-time murderer up to a stun belt for the duration of his trial.

A stun belt is a battery-powered device that is hooked up to an unruly prisoner's leg, arm, or waist. If the prisoner acts up, a remote signal is sent to the device, and then: zap!

In Arizona, McCluskey faces one count of escape, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, and misconduct involving weapons. And let's not forget the two murder charges he faces in New Mexico.

After breaking out of prison -- with the help of his fiancee/cousin, Casslyn Welch -- McCluskey and another escapee, Tracy Province, allegedly hijacked a truck at gunpoint. McCluskey and Province opted to not kill the truck's two occupants, rather, they released them in Flagstaff.

The two escapees then met up with Welch, and traveled the country before they allegedly murdered Linda and Gary Haas -- both 61 -- in Eastern New Mexico.

The victims, who were about to become grandparents, were on their annual summer trip to Colorado when their paths crossed with the escaped inmates.

Authorities believe the couple met the inmates at a rest area along Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico.

It's believed the couple were shot in their travel trailer before the inmates and Welch drove it to a remote area, unhitched the Hass' truck, and torched the trailer with the bodies inside.

Following his arrest, McCluskey tried to kill himself in prison. Sadly, he failed, but it seems his fatal wish may still be granted, compliments of the federal government -- he faces the death penalty if convicted of murder in New Mexico.

According to the Associated Press, McCluskey's trial in Arizona is expected to end Friday.

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James King
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