Two Oklahoma teenagers accused in family’s death plead not guilty

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Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – A judge entered a not-guilty plea during the arraignment of two Oklahoma teenagers accused of stabbing their parents, and three younger siblings to death.

Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16, are charged with five first-degree murder counts in the deaths of their parents, David and April, and three of their siblings, ages 5, 7, and 12.

The brothers were not in the courthouse before the judge, but appeared via video, according to The Tulsa World.

They are also charged with assault and battery with intent to kill for the attack on their 13-year-old sister, who survived.

On July 22, Broken Arrow police were called to a home after a disturbing 911 call was made by a young boy.

When officers arrived, they stumbled upon a horrific scene.

They found a 13-year-old girl suffering from multiple stab wounds. Despite being critically injured, the girl told police that her eldest brothers had attacked her family.

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.

All of the victims were stabbed to death.

“I was told knives, there was a hatchet, there was several different types of weapons that were actually used in the homicides,” said Cpl. Leon Calhoun, with the Broken Arrow Police Department.

Officials also found a 2-year-old girl, who was unharmed, inside the home.

Officers found fresh footprints, and eventually arrested 16-year-old Michael Bever and 18-year-old Robert Bever for the crimes.

Law enforcement sources told KTUL that one of the boys has provided a full confession.

Authorities say both boys are charged as adults.

Their next court date is October 28.

 

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