Man ordered to trial in deaths of 2 Weleetka girls

By TIM TALLEY Published: January 29, 2013

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man has been ordered to stand trial on first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of two young girls in eastern Oklahoma.

Kevin Sweat is charged in the June 2008 killings of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker. The girls were found shot to death on a rural road near Weleetka, 90 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Okfuskee County Associate District Judge David Martin on Tuesday ordered Sweat to stand trial in their deaths.

The 27-year-old Sweat was already in custody accused in the death of his girlfriend, Ashley Taylor, when investigators connected him to the girls' deaths. His trial in Taylor's death begins in June.

Sweat has pleaded not guilty and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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