A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper in Hamilton County arrested a man Jan. 13, who was wanted on five counts of homicide in Oklahoma.
A press release from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s department said at approximately 8:45 p.m., a DPS trooper noticed a vehicle driving erratically, eastbound on U.S. Highway 36, four miles west of Hamilton.
Before the trooper was able to pull the vehicle over, the car crashed into a guardrail and hit two trees.
Further investigation showed that the driver, 25-year-old Joshua Steven Durcho, was wanted by the El Reno Police Department in Oklahoma in connection with five counts of first degree murder.
Jessica Brown, a public information officer for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), said Durcho was a suspect in the death of a 25-year-old mother and her four children.
Summer Garas was found dead in her apartment in El Reno, Okla., Monday, Jan. 12, along with her three daughters, Kirsten Rust, 7; Autumn Rust, 6; Evynn Garas, 3; and her four-year-old son Teagin Rust.
Brown said the medical examiner (ME) ruled Summer’s death and her son’s as strangulation by ligature, meaning their killer used an object to strangle them to death.
Durcho was named as a suspect in the slayings and warrant for his arrest was issued.
A surveillance video in Clinton, Okla., caught images of Durcho driving Summer’s 1989 white Ford Thunderbird the night of the murders.
Durcho was still driving the Thunderbird when he crashed in Hamilton County.
Officers at the scene said Durcho did not resist arrest and was taken to the Hamilton General Hospital by Hamilton County EMS.
Brown said Durcho was released from the hospital and taken to an extradition hearing Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Brown said Durcho was then transported back to Canadian County, Okla., that night.
He appeared in court the next day and the judge entered a “not guilty” plea on Durcho’s behalf.
Brown said Durcho did not have an attorney at the time of the hearing.
“It’s in the hands of the court system now,” Brown said.