Thorsten Rushing files appeal after post-conviction relief is denied

Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 11:10 PM CST
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LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - A man convicted of killing his father and brother is appealing the denial of his post-conviction relief.

Thorsten Rushing was arrested in 2014 for the murder of his father and brother, Uwe and Stefan Rushing. He was accused of shooting them both and then suffocating his younger brother.

Four of his friends were also arrested and tried on charges from conspiracy to being accessories after the fact. One of those friends testified that Rushing had started planning the murders a few months prior to the killings, claiming his father would get drunk and abuse him.

Thompson also testified that Rushing planned to collect on his father’s life insurance policy.

Rushing was put on trial for first-degree murder to which he pleaded not guilty.

In 2016, he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Rushing’s lawyer immediately filed an appeal, but the jury’s ruling was upheld in 2019.

Rushing filed for post-conviction relief in April 2020, saying the first appeal failed to address issues such as the use of coerced testimony and the presentation of overly graphic images to the jury. His filing was denied in December.

On Friday, January 8, Rushing filed to appeal the denial of his post-conviction relief.

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