Popular school band member, 18, ‘shot dead his own father and brother, 14, in murder plot devised with the help of four of his teenage classmates’
- Thorsten Rushing of Lawton, Oklahoma was arrested along with four teen friends on Saturday, the same day of his father Uwe Rushing, 50, and brother Stefan’s funeral
- Police believe Thorsten fired the gun that killed his family but the murders were part of a plot he hatched with classmates
- Also arrested Saturday were Ethan Thompson, 19, Cody Davis, 19, Timothy Delahoy, 18, and Wesley Banston, 17
- Lawton police believe each boy helped plan the murders in some way and at least one was by Thorsten’s side when he fired the gun
By Joshua Gardner Daily Mail PUBLISHED:28 January 2014
Face of a killer? Police say Thorsten Rushing, pictured, killed his father and brother after plotting the double homicide with four high school friends
A father and his teenage son were gunned down in their Oklahoma home in the pre-dawn hours of January 20 and police say it was the 18-year-old son and brother of the victims, with the help of a foursome of co-conspirators, who committed the heinous crime.
Authorities originally believed Thorsten Rushing of Lawton, Oklahoma was an unwitting witness to the murders of his family members but now believe the teen masterminded the cold-blooded murder of his father Uwe Rushing, 50, and little brother Stefan, 14.
Police arrested Rushing on Saturday. Also hauled in were his high school classmates Ethan Thompson, 19, Cody Davis, 19, Timothy Delahoy, 18, and Wesley Bankston, 17.
The arrests shocked the comfortable town perched between Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City and came after a week of arduous detective work from the Lawton Police Department.
But before they could uncover their suspects, police say they had to see past the false claims of a supposedly grieving young man.
Police first responded to a call at the home on East Columbia just after 2am on Monday, January 20.
There, Thorsten claimed he’d been watching television when two masked intruders forced their way inside and opened fire.
Victims: Uwe Rushing, 50 (left), and his 14-year-old son Stefan (right) were gunned down in their Lawton, Oklahoma home on January 20. The following Saturday, on the same day of their wrenching double funeral service, Thorsten was arrested for the murder of his father and brother
In their wake lay the father and son.
Thorsten claimed he’d evaded the men and run off to get a shotgun before returning fire. The men fled, he said, leaving him unharmed.
Police likely had little reason not to believe the teen at first. Photos of the high school senior make him appear perfectly normal.
In one, he poses with a pretty girl in their marching band uniforms.
‘From what we understand, they were smart kids,’ Lawson police Captain Captain Craig Akard told KSWO on Monday. ‘They were polite kids.’
In another Facebook photo, Thorsten smiles warmly alongside his date at the high school homecoming dance.
‘Your (sic) half right,’ he told a friend who called him a handsome devil. ‘I may be somewhat handsome, but I am no devil. I am the nicest dude I know.’
Unfolding mystery: Four other teens were arrested along with Thorsten Rushing (bottom right) on Saturday. Suspected of somehow aiding Rushing in his double murder plot were Ethan Thompson, 19 (top right), Cody Davis, 19 (bottom left), Timothy Delahoy, 18 (top left) and Wesley Bankston (not pictured)
‘They were polite kids’: Wesley Bankston, 17 (pictured), has also been arrested in the bizarre murder case. While Bankston’s photo appears menacing, the teenagers mostly appear totally normal online and police agree the crimes seem to come out of nowhere
But under the surface, police believe something must have been brooding.
The funeral visitation for Uwe and Stefan was held the Friday following their deaths.
By Saturday, police had arrested Thorsten and company.
KSWO reports that as many as eight detectives in the intervening week had painstakingly put the pieces together of what really happened after a string of interviews and working in concert with the medical examiners in Oklahoma City.
‘We are confident that we know that the 18-year-old son is the shooter,’ Akard said.
However, they say he had plenty of help getting to that point.
And it could have happened sooner.
‘Some of the boys were involved in the incident from Friday night. And from what we have figured out, something was supposed to happen that night. But when Mr. Rushing came out of the house unexpectedly, those plans had to be changed,’ said Akard.
Teenage selfies to icy mugshot stares: Police are confident that Rushing pulled the trigger but they are equally as convinced he had plenty of help in plotting the crime from his friends from Lawton High School (pictured L to R are Ethan Thompson, Timothy Delahoy, and Cody Davis)
Police believe the attack was the end result of a double murder plot and that all five teens were involved to some degree.
And, police say, at least one of Thorsten’s four friends were by his side when he pulled the trigger on his father and brother.
‘We are still conducting interviews based on some statements that have been made in the last week or so,’ Akard said. ‘Especially the last couple of days. There are other people that we have identified that we need to talk to.’
A 2011 photo shows a younger Thorsten (left), his slain brother Stefan (right) and the boy’s mother Lavonne Bynum, whose online profiles indicate lives in the same town but whose address is not listed as the home where the murders took place
Hard to imagine: Police have yet to suggest what motivated Rushing (pictured) to gun down his family
While the authorities continued to put the pieces of this bizarre unthinkable and crime together, the Lawton community remained in shock.
‘It has taken everybody by surprise,’ Akard said. ‘It has taken everybody by shock that knows them how this could have happened.’
A motive had yet to be released on Monday.
Police said they’d already uncovered several weapons over the course of their investigation, but were unsure which if any of them were the murder weapon.
Akard said they were prepared to have a case assembled and ready to present to the Comanche County District Attorney’s Office within a couple of days.
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