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District attorney to seek death penalty in El Reno murder trial

The defendant is accused of strangling his girlfriend and her four children to death in 2009.
BY NOLAN CLAY Published: June 2, 2011

— The murder trial for a man accused of killing his girlfriend and her four young children is set to begin Oct. 3.

Prosecutors plan to ask the jury to choose a death sentence for Joshua Steven Durcho, 28.

The victims' bodies were found Jan. 12, 2009, in their El Reno apartment.

Long delays in death penalty cases are common. Durcho's original court-appointed attorneys withdrew from the case in August.

His new attorneys then needed time to prepare.

Durcho is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the strangulation deaths of Summer Rust, 25; her daughters, Kirsten Rust, 7, Autumn Rust, 7; and Evynn Garas, 3; and her son, Teagin Rust, 4.

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