Case continued for Oklahoma man charged in Weleetka slayings

Oklahoman Published: February 22, 2012
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OKEMAH (AP) — A judge has issued a continuance in the case of a man accused of fatally shooting two girls in eastern Oklahoma.

The case of Kevin Sweat was continued Wednesday until April 23 while the prosecution and defense await the completion of a report.

Sweat is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2008 deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Placker. Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty.

Sweat's arrest in December came after a three-year manhunt. Family members discovered them along an unpaved road near Placker's home. They were headed for Bad Creek Bridge to collect shells and pebbles along the river bank.

According to an affidavit, Sweat told an investigator he saw “two monsters come at him” and fired at them with .40- and .22-caliber handguns.

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