Accused child killer Kevin Sweat won’t face death penalty

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OKEMAH, Okla. – The death penalty is no longer an option for the man accused of killing two young Weleetka, Okla. girls and his own fiancee.

During a hearing Thursday,  Kevin Sweat waived his right to a jury trial, taking the death penalty off the table.

Instead, an Okfuskee County judge will decide the fate of the murder suspect.

Sweat is facing first-degree murder charges for the shooting deaths of Skyla Whitaker and Taylor Paschal-Placker back in 2008.

Their bodies were found along a county road in Weleetka.

He’s also charged with murdering his fiancee, Ashley Taylor.

According to arrest reports, Sweat confessed to killing Taylor after she disappeared in 2011.

The judge is now set to begin hearing arguments on August 4th in Okemah, Okla.

Sweat remains in custody at the Seminole County Jail.



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