Grand jury grills three men in Weleetka killings

By Nolan Clay and Johnny Johnson Modified: September 3, 2008 at 11:09 pm •  Published: September 3, 2008
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Three men who have come under suspicion in the fatal shootings near Weleetka testified Wednesday before a state grand jury.

Two other witnesses failed to appear. The grand jury’s judge ordered them arrested.

Agents at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation turned to the multicounty grand jury for help solving one of the state’s most painful murder mysteries — the deaths of friends Taylor Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11.

The girls were shot a total of 13 times June 8 on a dirt road between Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties.

“I just wish they would catch whoever done it so they would leave me alone,” said one witness, Toney Kelough, 30, who must return today to finish testifying. “I’ve told them the same thing over and over again.”

Investigators also may have some type of DNA evidence in the case. Some people have been asked to give DNA samples, The Oklahoman has learned.

Grand jurors are meeting at the Oklahoma County courthouse and the testimony is not public.

The involvement of the grand jury does not necessarily mean criminal charges are imminent. Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors often use the grand jury to gather evidence.

Testifying first Wednesday was OSBI Agent Ben Rosser, the lead investigator on the case since the inception.

Rosser said grand jury rules prevent him from discussing anything to do with the grand jury or his testimony.

“Name, rank and serial number,” he said. “That’s all I can give you today.”

The other witnesses were:

Dustyn Dailey

Dailey, 18, testified the longest Wednesday — about two hours. He was taken before the grand jury in shackles and wearing jail clothes with black and gray stripes.

Afterward, Dailey, who uses the nickname “Spud,” would not comment to The Oklahoman about the shooting of the two Graham School girls.

Dailey attended Graham School in the ninth grade until his family moved to Henryetta.

He is jailed in Okmulgee County on a second-degree burglary charge. He is accused of breaking into a home Aug. 1.

Some of his relatives have a protective order against him after he allegedly said in April, “I’m going to burn your house down and ya’ll will have nowhere to live” and “I am going to kill you.”

On MySpace, he lists among his interests “all vampire books.”

Mike Gaddy

Gaddy, 19, who knows Dailey, testified for about an hour Wednesday.

His parents, David and Glenda Gaddy, confirmed their son has come under suspicion but they insist he has an alibi. They said he heard the fatal gunshots but did not witness the shooting.

They also said they fear vigilantes seeking justice might hurt him because he has come under suspicion.

“They’ve already chased him with guns,” David Gaddy said. “Until they catch who really did this, Mike is in danger.”

The father said his son was at a friend’s house at the time of the shooting. The father said his son, along with the friend and the friend’s family, then went to Walmart. He said agents have pulled Walmart surveillance videotapes to try to verify the story.

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