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Attorneys want Joshua Durcho trial moved from El Reno

Defense attorneys say Joshua Steven Durcho cannot get a fair trial in Canadian County. Attorneys are asking a judge to move the murder trial for the ex-convict accused of strangling his girlfriend and her four children.

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: May 21, 2010 at 2:42 pm •  Published: May 11, 2010
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eir bodies were found Jan. 12, 2009, in their El Reno apartment.

District Judge Gary E. Miller has set a hearing for May 24 on the defense request. The trial now is set to begin Sept. 13.

Defense attorneys told the judge the community outrage in Canadian County is so high it could be described as a "call for lynching.”

"It is virtually impossible for a potential juror to possess an impartial frame of mind,” attorneys wrote.

Attorneys contend jurors would be subject to slander, ridicule and possibly violence in the community if they acquitted Durcho or did not choose the death penalty.

"Jobs might be threatened or lost. Friendships would be strained,” they told the judge.

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