Man Charged In Murder Of Weleetka Girls Appears In Court


Monday, January 28th 2013, 10:55 pm
By: News 9


It was an emotional testimony Monday in the trial of a man accused of killing two young Weleetka girls more than four years ago.

Kevin Sweat is accused of executing Jr. High students Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker. Court documents allege Sweat shot and killed two innocent young girls, because he thought they were "little monsters." Monday in court, Sweat faced the families of the three people prosecutors say he killed for the first time.

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Nearly five years after the bodies of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Placker were found near an Okfuskee County dirt road, the man accused of their cold-hearted murders was back in court.

Prosecutors say Kevin Sweat -- who wore a sinister grin while being led from court -- killed the girls about 1000 feet from Taylor Placker's home. Her grandfather testified first Monday, and fought back tears while re-living how he found both girls' bodies in a ditch.

An OSBI investigator testified both girls had been shot several times, and there were defensive wounds on their hands and arms. Prosecutors say the gun Sweat used actually at one time belonged to the Baltimore, Maryland Police Department. It eventually ended up at an Oklahoma gun shop, and in the hands of Kevin Sweat.

Sweat is also accused of murdering his girlfriend Ashley Taylor.

Michael Taylor also said the Kevin Sweat he saw in court is not the same person who used to sit at his dinner table. He's not the same guy he used to talk to.

Monday was day one of Sweat's preliminary hearing.

A judge has set aside three days for Sweat's hearing. He's working to determine if there is enough evidence to take the case to trial.