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Thorsten pleads not guilty, Bankston wants to be certified as a child

LAWTON, Okla._The teen charged in the killings of his father and brother in January appeared in court Thursday.

Thorsten Rushing entered a formal plea of not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of his father and brother Uwe and Stefan Rushing. His case is scheduled to go to trial in September.

One of the co-defendants in the case, Wesley Bankston, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the same day. However, his attorney has filed a request for Bankston to be certified as a child and the judge ordered the Comanche County Juvenile Bureau to prepare a report on that request.

The court order states that the bureau's report must be completed by June 16. Bankston also faces the same charges as Thorsten Rushing. He has admitted in court to picking up another of the accused killers, Ethan Thompson, at the murder scene and helping him get rid of some of the evidence.

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