Judge orders Hruby to stand trial for family's deaths

Judge orders Hruby to stand trial for family's deaths

DUNCAN, Okla._The man accused of murdering his family at their home in Duncan last October returned to court Tuesday where he learned he will stand trial for the killings.

Alan Hruby was arrested and charged just two days after the bodies of his father, mother and sister were found.

Hruby heard the evidence against him in the case during a preliminary hearing at the Stephens County Courthouse. Five witnesses took the stand with the first witness being the Hruby family's longtime housekeeper, Rose Marie Chavez.

Chavez said she had been in the home for about 30 minutes before she discovered the body of Alan's mother, Tinker Hruby, in the kitchen before she found the bodies of his father, John, and sister, Katherine. That's when she called 911.

The court also heard from the lead investigators in the case who talked about first meeting Alan at the crime scene. They say he seemed emotionless. They took him in for questioning where he provided information that led them to believe he was responsible for the killings. Over the next several days, they scanned surveillance footage from nearby businesses and found images of a Jeep Wrangler belonging to Alan Hruby.

That video led them to a storage unit belonging to Hruby's grandmother, where a 9 mm hand gun and glove was found inside. The glove was sent to an OSBI lab for testing.

DNA found inside the glove was a match to Alan Hruby. There was also a match to the shell casings found in the home to that pistol.

During Tuesday's hearing, Alan Hruby did not look up much. He did seem to be a little emotional throughout the day and kept wiping his eyes. At the conclusion of the day's testimony, the judge set Hruby's formal arraignment for August 20. That's when a trial date will be scheduled.