Lawton teen could face death if convicted of killing father, brother
Lawton teenager Thorsten Rushing could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering his father and brother, court documents revealed Thursday.
While it's not yet clear whether defense attorney Stephen Jones will ask the court to continue Rushing's murder trial this fall, Comanche County Assistant District Attorney Mark Stoneman announced in court Thursday that the state would file a Bill of Particulars detailing intent to seek the death penalty as punishment for the 18-year-old defendant.
Rushing is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in relation to the Jan. 20 shooting deaths of his 50-year-old father, Uwe, and 14-year-old brother, Stefan. At his arraignment Thursday, Jones said Rushing wished to enter a "not guilty" plea to all four counts, and Comanche County District Court Judge Gerald Neuwirth scheduled a tentative trial in September.
Prior to further discussions about the trial timeline, Stoneman informed the judge the state had prepared the Bill of Particulars. According to the document, the State is seeking the death penalty for Rushing in the event he is found guilty of either his father or his brother's murder. The death of Stefan Rushing, Stoneman argues, was perpetrated at a time when the defendant created great risk to multiple victims, was committed with the intent to escape prosecution for a crime (the alleged murder of his father) and was especially heinous atrocious or cruel.