Co-Suspects Testify Against Alleged Shooter in Lawton Double Murder

Co-Suspects Testify Against Alleged Shooter in Lawton Double Murder

Fellow murder defendants took the stand to help prosecutors build their case against Thorsten Rushing.
During a preliminary hearing today, several suspects in a Lawton double murder testified against the alleged shooter, who's the brother and son of the two victims. A couple of possible motives for the shootings were also revealed.

Those who took the stand today said 18-year-old Thorsten Rushing wanted to kill his father because he was abusive especially when he was drunk.

He's charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and is accused of fatally shooting his 49-year-old father, Uwe and his 13-year-old brother, Stefan.

Four other teens are also charged for the roles prosecutors believe they played and three of them testified against Thorsten today.

They say they were each offered something in return for helping Thorsten kill his father, one a place to live, another thousands of dollars, one said he was promised a gun, and another a Harley Davidson all allegedly to be paid for with life insurance money.

Eighteen-year-old Wesley Bankston took the stand and said he drove one of the suspects away from the murder scene not knowing the murders had been committed.

He testified Thorsten told him he first shot his dad in the back of the head then shot him several times in the chest because he wasn't dying fast enough.

Then Bankston testified Thorsten shot his brother first in the head, then a couple more times before plugging his nose and covering his mouth to cut off his air supply to suffocate him.

Bankston says in exchange for his testimony against Thorsten, prosecutors have offered him two terms of life in prison to run concurrently.

Those that testified say they don't know why Thorsten would have murdered his brother and that he hadn't mentioned intending to kill him.

Attorneys are moving forward with the trial.
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