TULSA, Okla. – Attorneys for one of the teens who is accused of killing five family members are asking the judge to limit displays of emotion in the courtroom during the trial.
On July 22, authorities arrested 16-year-old Michael Bever and 18-year-old Robert Bever for murdering five family members.
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 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.
A detective claimed that Robert Bever said he was planning on cutting off his 2-year-old sister’s head with an axe. Robert also told detectives that Michael coerced their siblings out of locked rooms during the attack by pretending he was in danger.
He said he got a job and saved money to purchase weapons online, so checks to confirm he was an adult wouldn’t be performed.
The boys said they moved the attack up when Robert realized some of the ammunition was being sent to his home.
After killing everyone in the home, they planned to purchase bins and store their dead family members in the attic.
Investigators say they also planned to make two videos; one for law enforcement and one for YouTube.
After the initial crimes were complete, the brothers planned to steal their parents’ car and drive to populated places and kill five people everywhere they stopped.
The brothers, now 17 and 19, are charged with five counts of first-degree murder and one count of assault and battery with intent to kill.
On Friday, June 3rd, Robert Bever’s attorneys filed a stack of motions, asking a judge to limit “sympathy for the deceased,” the Tulsa World reports.
The teen’s attorneys are asking the judge to prohibit spectators from wearing “grief buttons” and limit displays of emotion in the courtroom.
The brothers are due back in court in July.