Trial dates set for 2 high-profile murder cases in OKC area

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: October 13, 2010 at 9:51 pm •  Published: October 13, 2010
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Trials in two high-publicity homicide cases have been scheduled for next year.

The jury trial in Edmond's "Bicycle Bob" case is set for Jan. 24. The jury trial for an ex-convict accused in five deaths in El Reno is set for May 2.

In the "Bicycle Bob" case, Connor Adam Mason, 20, of Edmond, is accused in a first-degree murder charge of fatally stabbing a homeless man in October 2009. If convicted, Mason faces life in prison or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A friend, Nikolas David Kerr, 20, of Edmond, is charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

The victim, Dwite Morgan, 54, was widely known in Edmond by the nickname "Bicycle Bob."

A judge Wednesday scheduled Mason and Kerr to be tried together, starting Jan. 24, in Oklahoma County District Court. Kerr's attorney said he will ask the judge for separate trials.

In the El Reno case, a judge there rescheduled the trial for Joshua Steven Durcho for May 2.

Durcho, 27, faces five counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty

The trial was rescheduled because Durcho's original attorneys were allowed to withdraw from the case in August.

The trial was set to begin Sept. 13.

Canadian County District Judge Gary E. Miller chose the new trial date during a meeting Wednesday with Durcho's new defense attorneys and the prosecutor.

Durcho is accused of strangling his girlfriend, Summer Rust, 25; her daughters, Kirsten Rust, 7, Autumn Rust, 7, and Evynn Garas, 3; and her son, Teagin Rust, 4.

Their bodies were found Jan. 12, 2009, in their El Reno apartment.


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