LAWTON, Oklahoma — Two friends of an 18-year-old charged in the deaths of his father and younger brother have pleaded guilty to their involvement in the slayings.
The guilty pleas by Cody Davis, 20, and Ethan Thompson, 19, on Wednesday are a part of an agreement with prosecutors to testify in the trial of Thorsten Rushing.
Rushing is accused of shooting his father, Uwe Rushing, and his 14-year-old brother, Stefan. Prosecutors say Thorsten Rushing became anxious that Stefan wasn't dying quickly enough.
Witnesses testified in April at a preliminary hearing that Rushing may have been motivated by money from his father's life insurance policy.
Rushing has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him. Rushing's attorney has said the case against his client largely relies on circumstantial evidence.
Both Davis and Thompson entered their pleas separately before Comanche County district judges. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for them next year.
Prosecutors are recommending a 35-year prison sentence for Davis, who was charged with two counts of conspiracy and two counts of being an accessory after the fact. They say Davis was promised money and a car by Rushing to help him in the killings, but after a failed attempt two days before, backed out of any other attempts.
For Thompson, they are suggesting a sentence of life with the possibility of parole. Thompson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy. Prosecutors say he hid in a closet while Rushing carried out the killings.
Two other friends of Rushing are also facing charges for their roles in the deaths. They have also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for plea deals.
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