Oklahoma news briefs for Oct. 9, 2012

Oklahoma news briefs
Published: October 9, 2012



Murder trial

date reset

A man who faces three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his girlfriend and two young girls has a new trial date on one of the counts. Kevin Sweat, 26, has been ordered to stand trial in Okfuskee County for the July 2011 slaying of Ashley Taylor, 23. He has pleaded not guilty, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. His trial was set to begin Oct. 22, but court records show District Judge Lawrence Parish has reset the trial for June 10. Sweat also is accused of fatally shooting Taylor Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, near Weleetka in 2008.


3 are stabbed

at bar event

Authorities in Le Flore County said three people were stabbed Saturday during a bar fight. People were gathered at Jimmy's bar for a fundraiser to help pay the medical bills of a stroke patient. Authorities said two victims were taken to hospitals in Poteau, while a third was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. Police arrested a father and son in connection with the stabbings, but no names have been released.


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