Authorities Name Couple's Son The Suspect In Duncan Triple Homicide


Tuesday, October 14th 2014, 11:56 pm
By: News 9


There is new information in the deaths of a well-known newspaper publisher, his wife and their teen daughter. 

Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford confirmed Alan Hruby as the only suspect in the triple homicide case. Hruby is the son of John and Tinker Hruby. The couple was found dead inside their Duncan home, along with their teenage daughter.

A television station in Lawton says Alan Hruby has confessed to killing his father, mother and sister in Duncan. KSWO-TV says the information was confirmed early Wednesday morning by Police Chief Danny Ford.

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Authorities have been very quiet and very conservative about releasing any information in this investigation, but additional details surfaced about what happened inside the family's home.

“All three of them are lying down on the floor in the kitchen,” the Hruby family's housekeeper told a 911 dispatcher Monday morning. “I think they're dead. They're ice cold.”

John Hruby, his wife Tinker and their 17-year-old daughter Katherine were all dead inside their Duncan home and within hours police had the couple's 19-year-old son, Alan Hruby, in custody for a charge unrelated to his family's death.

Last year, John Hruby turned his son in for using his grandmother's credit card and charging nearly $5,000 during a trip to Europe. Alan Hruby is on probation and a freshman at OU, but he's now behind bars in Stephens County.

Monday, the bodies of the three family members were taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner, and although the medical examiner has not released an official cause of death, investigators believe the couple and their teen daughter were shot to death.

“It is awful to hear of a family, a whole family taken out,” family friend Sandy Bruce said.

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Friends of the family were stunned like most of the community. 

The Marlow Review, where John Hruby was a publisher, will still come out with the paper's next issue in honor of the family, who for years was a source of information and a voice in the community in so many ways.

“That's the only voice I could hear in the stands was Tinker's,” Katherine's high school volleyball coach said.And now teammates and classmates of Katherine's volleyball team are being a voice for a family known and remembered by so many.“All I could do was keep seeing their faces,” Bruce said.

The couple's son had been living at Headington Hall, a dorm on the OU campus, and OU administrators issued a letter Monday, warning staff that Hruby is no longer allowed at the university. The staff was instructed to call police immediately if they came in contact with Hruby, but the letter did not explain why there was a need for extra security. 

Administrators said Hruby will only be allowed back on campus if and when he is exonerated.