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Pre-trial hearing delayed in El Reno killings

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: February 24, 2009 at 6:37 pm •  Published: February 24, 2009
EL RENO (AP) — A pre-trial hearing for an El Reno man accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend and her four children has been delayed.

The hearing for 26-year-old Joshua Durcho was scheduled to begin Wednesday in Canadian County, but prosecutor Paul Hesse says he expects a judge to set a new date for the hearing. Hesse says no date has been set yet for a preliminary hearing for Durcho, who is being held without bail in the Canadian County Jail.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Durcho. He faces five counts of first-degree murder for the Jan. 12 killings of 25-year-old Summer Garas; 7-year-old Kirsten Rust; 6-year-old Autumn Rust; 4-year-old Teagin Rust and 3-year-old Evynn Garas.

All five were found dead in Summer Garas' El Reno apartment.

A message left with Durcho's attorney was not immediately returned. has disabled the comments for this article.