BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – One of the brothers accused of stabbing five family members to death in their Broken Arrow home attempted to commit suicide while in jail.
He was found by a detention officer.
After he was checked by medical staff, the teen was moved to suicide watch.
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 13-year-old girl, who was stabbed but survived, told police that her eldest brothers had attacked her family.
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.”
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.
“(Robert Bever) expressed wanting to have some sort of fame or notoriety for being a serial killer,” detective Eric Bentz testified, according to the Tulsa World. “He said that if he killed more than one person, it made him like a god.”
During a hearing, the defense claimed that the boys’ father would throw them and verbally abuse them.
The pair is charged with five counts of first-degree murder and one count of assault and battery with intent to kill.
According to the Tulsa World, the two brothers are scheduled to make their appearances for district court arraignment at 9 a.m. Monday.