Judge rules El Reno murder defendant not mentally retarded
BY NOLAN CLAY NewsOK.com
Thursday, August 02, 2012
EL RENO — A judge has rejected murder defendant Joshua Steven Durcho's mental retardation claim, meaning prosecutors can still seek the death penalty at his upcoming trial.
“This Court finds that Mr. Durcho is not mentally retarded,” Canadian County District Judge Gary E. Miller ruled in a two-page order filed Wednesday.
Durcho, 29, is accused of killing his girlfriend and her four young children inside her El Reno apartment in January 2009. His trial is set to begin Sept. 17.
The judge found that problems Durcho had with learning while in school could be blamed on his upbringing.
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Murder defendant Joshua Steven Durcho. SUE OGROCKI/AP Photo