EL RENO (AP) — Canadian County authorities have scheduled an Oct. 3 trial date for a man accused of killing his girlfriend and her four children.
Assistant District Attorney Paul Hesse said Wednesday officials set the trial date for 28-year-old Joshua Steven Durcho. Durcho faces five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 25-year-old Summer Rust and her children, 7-year-olds Kirsten and Autumn Rust; 4-year-old Teagin Rust and 3-year-old Evynn Garas.
Their bodies were discovered on Jan. 12, 2009, at their El Reno apartment.
They also allege Durcho killed the woman to keep her from contacting police about two outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court on charges of driving under the influence and drug possession.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.