- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma judge has issued a gag order restricting what officials can say about the slayings of a newspaper publisher and his family.

Stephens County Special Judge Jerry Herberger issued the order Thursday for prosecutors, defense attorneys, police and investigators in an effort to ensure a fair trial for 19-year-old Alan Hruby, The Oklahoman reported. The district attorney and a court-appointed defense attorney requested the order.

Hruby is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 50-year-old John Hruby, 48-year-old Tinker Hruby and 17-year-old Katherine Hruby.

John Hruby was the publisher of The Marlow Review, a weekly newspaper with a circulation of about 3,500. His wife, Tinker, also worked at the paper.

Prosecutors allege Alan Hruby planned to kill his family in hopes of inheriting money to pay off mounting debts, including thousands of dollars he owed to a loan shark. Police Chief Danny Ford said last week that Hruby confessed to the slayings.

Police have said Hruby was stopped for speeding by a police officer in the early morning hours of Oct. 9, the day the deaths occurred, about a mile from the family’s home.

But Hruby was let go after giving the officer a name for someone else, police said. Hruby told the officer he didn’t have his driver’s license. He was ticketed for speeding, no driver’s license and no proof of insurance in the other name.

Duncan city attorney Lawrence M. Wheeler said in a statement Thursday that Hruby used the name for a person he has a “strong dislike for” and has “used his name falsely on several different occasions when he has been pulled over.”

Herberger has allowed general statements by Hruby if they’re about his innocence. He also has let prosecutors and defense attorneys to say when court hearings will be scheduled.

Hruby remains jailed without bond.

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