Trial rescheduled in El Reno strangling case

By Nolan Clay Modified: March 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm •  Published: March 9, 2010

EL RENO — A jury trial has been rescheduled for Sept. 13 for a man accused of strangling his girlfriend and her four children.

The murder trial for Joshua Steven Durcho, 27, had been set to begin April 5. That date was canceled earlier.

The new trial date was set today when District Judge Gary E. Miller met with attorneys.

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.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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