OKLAHOMA CITY - Investigators are gathering evidence from Facebook accounts believed to be connected to a 19-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of his newspaper-publisher father and family.
Alan Hruby is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the October shooting deaths of his 50-year-old father John Hruby, 48-year-old mother Tinker Hruby and 17-year-old sister Katherine Hruby at their home in Duncan, Okla. John Hruby was publisher of the weekly newspaper The Marlow Review and his wife, Tinker, also worked there. Authorities have said Hruby confessed to the killings.
The district attorney's chief investigator received a judge's permission Oct. 14 to collect data from two Facebook pages thought to be made by Alan Hruby, The Oklahoman reported. Investigator Justin Scott wrote in court affidavits that police were told Hruby had posted some comments that showed he disliked his family.
It's not known if investigators found such comments on Facebook, since the judge in the case has issued a gag order that prohibits attorneys and others involved from discussing it publicly.
Investigators have said Hruby killed his parents because they had recently cut him off financially, and killed his sister to become the only heir to the family estate.
Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks previously said Hruby owed money to a loan shark and that his spending was out of control.
One of Hruby's college roommates, Andrew Burmann, previously told CBS affiliate KWTV that Hruby had a problem when it came to spending and belonged to Shoppers Anonymous.
According to The Oklahoman, Hruby described himself as a shopaholic on an online blog in February.
He reportedly wrote, "Being a shopaholic is not a bad thing."
"There is no bigger rush then [sic] getting to the register at a store and swiping your credit card... and in that moment you are waiting for the screen to say, 'Approved,' you start to get heart palpitations and you get a rush of adrenaline. By the time she is handing your stuff to you, you are so high on adrenaline, the $15,000 total does not even phase you until you've gotten home and see the receipts," the post reportedly continued.
Hruby is being held without bond.