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Authorities: Man sought in Okla. killings arrested

Authorities: Man sought in Okla. killings arrested

A man being sought in connection with the deaths of an Oklahoma woman and her four young children was captured in Texas after a car accident, authorities said.
Joshua Steven Durcho, 25, was taken into custody Tuesday night in Texas' Hamilton County, said Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown.
A Texas Department of Public Safety communications officer in Waco, who declined to give his name, said Durcho was injured in a one-vehicle accident. Authorities checking his identity determined he was wanted by Oklahoma authorities.
Prosecutors earlier Tuesday charged Durcho with five counts of first-degree murder after an El Reno police officer conducting a welfare check found Summer Garas, 25, and her four children dead in her apartment Monday afternoon. The children ranged in age from 3 to 7.
The arrest came nearly 24 hours after surveillance video at a truck stop in Clinton, 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City, captured Durcho's image and that of a white car authorities believe belonged to Garas.
At a news conference earlier Tuesday, Brown said there was no known motive for the killings.
"We don't know if it's a domestic that went terribly wrong," she said. "I know they had their ups and downs in their relationship."
Prison records show Durcho was convicted of car theft as a juvenile and was sentenced to four years in prison in 2003 for unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released in February 2007, records show.
Besides Garas, daughters, Kirsten Rust, 7; Autumn Rust, 6; and Evynn Garas, 3; and son, Teagin Rust, 4, were killed. Brown said they weren't shot but she didn't specify how the five were killed.
Summer Garas was a student at nearby Redlands Community College, where she was studying to be a legal assistant, school officials confirmed.
"From what I have heard, she was a very intelligent young woman and very well liked by her peers," said Meg Cannon, a spokeswoman for the college.
Court records show that Summer Garas and her ex-husband Jason Garas were divorced on Dec. 10.
Crystal Franklin, Jason Garas' mother, said she was devastated by the killings.
"I'm just numb, just not knowing what to think," she said. "The kids were just wonderful."
The slayings took place in a tidy apartment complex, with two-story buildings, surrounded by a white picket fence in El Reno, a suburb about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City.
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Associated Press writers Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City and Linda Franklin in Dallas contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-08-04 04:47 GMT+08:00