Man in court, accused in Weleetka murders
OKEMAH, Okla. – An Oklahoma man accused of killing two little girls near Weleetka goes to court for a preliminary hearing.
Kevin sweat faces the death penalty if convicted of the 2008 murders.
Monday testimony got underway to decide if the case can head to trial.
After that prosecutors began the tedious task of tying the suspect to the murder weapon.
In June 2008 OSBI investigators scoured the remote scene near Weleetka.
That’s where two little girls lost their lives.
The critical evidence collected included five .40-caliber shell casings.
Those shells matched bullets used to kill 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker.
Years later shells fired from the same gun were found at the property belonging to the father of the accused killer, Kevin Sweat.
In court, prosecutors traced the history of the gun and contend it belonged to Sweat at the time of the murders.
“The Kevin I see in there isn’t the same Kevin I saw dating my daughter,” Michael Taylor said. “It isn’t the same person.”
Sweat is also accused of killing Taylor’s daughter, Ashley, in 2011.
After being arrested in that case, sweat allegedly confessed to killing Whitaker and Paschal-Placker.
The three grieving families are all still looking for answers.
“You don’t understand until you’ve been there,” Taylor said. “You don’t understand how hard it is. Probably the biggest part is not knowing why. We just want answers as to why.”
Sweat is already scheduled for trial for the murder of his fiancé.
Testimony in this case may wrap up Tuesday.