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New trial date set for Oklahoma teen accused of murdering family

TULSA, Okla. – The trial for an Oklahoma man who is facing five counts of first-degree murder has been pushed back several months.

On July 22, 2015, authorities arrested Michael Bever, then 16, and his brother Robert Bever for the murder of  five people.

Authorities discovered the bodies of 52-year-old David Bever, 44-year-old April Bever, a 5-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy inside the family’s home.

A photo of the Bever family provided to Fox 23

A 13-year-old girl, who was stabbed but survived, told police that her eldest brothers had attacked her family.

The boys’ 2-year-old sister was found unharmed in the home, but investigators say their plan to kill her was interrupted. Robert also told detectives that Michael coerced their siblings out of locked rooms during the attack by pretending he was in danger.

According to testimony at the hearing, detectives say that Robert Bever wanted “to have some sort of fame or notoriety for being a serial killer.”

 

 

Last year, Robert Bever pleaded guilty to the murder charges and was sentenced to life without parole. However, Michael Bever pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Robert Bever

For months, Michael Bever’s attorney has made it clear that his defense is based on his client’s mental health.

Initially, Michael Bever’s trial was set to begin in June of 2017, but prosecutors wanted to have him evaluated by a state expert before the start of the trial.

Following a motion hearing on Monday, Bever’s jury trial was moved to April 16, 2018.

Michael Bever