Hearing set for Oklahoma man accused in deaths of 5

EL RENO, Okla. — A hearing has been scheduled for an Oklahoma man set to go to trial Monday in the 2009 deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her four children.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 14, 2012
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EL RENO — A hearing has been scheduled for an Oklahoma man set to go to trial Monday in the 2009 deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her four children.

Friday's hearing for 29-year-old Joshua Durcho was announced in an email Thursday afternoon from the prosecutor, Canadian County Assistant District Attorney Paul Hesse. The email did not describe the nature of the hearing and Hesse did not return a telephone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Durcho is charged with five counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 25-year-old Summer Rust and her children — 3-year-old Evynn Garas, 4-year-old Teagin Rust and 7-year-old daughters Kirsten and Autumn Rust — in the family's El Reno apartment.

All of the victims were strangled.

Durcho has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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