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Teen pleads not guilty; trial set in Rushing case

One of the five teens accused of helping to plan the killings of Uwe and Stefan Rushing earlier this year has been tentatively scheduled to be tried this fall.

Even though 19-year-old Ethan Thompson announced in April that he would testify against 18-year-old Thorsten Rushing in exchange for a life sentence, court records show he officially pleaded "not-guilty" Wednesday to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of accessory to murder. Thompson's case was placed on the September trial docket; Thorsten Rushing, now facing the death penalty for the Jan. 20 killings of his father, 50,  and brother, 14, is also currently scheduled to be tried for two counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in September. 

Two of the five defendants, Timothy Delahoy, 18, and Cody Davis, 19, are accused of waiting outside the Rushing home for Thorsten Rushing to finish the deed the evening of Jan. 17, but the attack was postponed when Uwe Rushing caught Davis at the back door, according to court documents.

Then, prosecutors allege Thompson waited inside the house the night of the murders and Wesley Bankston waited in his car outside for Thorsten Rushing to shoot his father and brother, then smother Stefan and stage gunshots inside the house before the two took evidence   including the murder weapon   from the scene. All four allegedly knew the murder plot had succeeded Jan. 20 and still concealed and/or destroyed evidence. 

Davis also pleaded not-guilty this week to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of accessory to murder. All four co-defendants have reportedly agreed to testify against Rushing in exchange for sentences ranging from 35 years to life. 

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