© Copyright, 2008 The Oklahoman 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. The father also said OSBI agents have been harassing his son, who he says is mentally retarded. The parents said they have noticed undercover officers in an AT&T van taking photos of them. They said they believe their phone has been tapped due to an unmistakable clicking sound. They said their son does not associate with Dailey anymore. Toney Kelough Kelough told The Oklahoman that agents suspect him. He denied having anything to do with the girls’ deaths. He admitted seeing the girls playing in their yard the day before the shooting. He said he was with a girlfriend when they were killed. He lives about eight miles from the crime scene. “I’ve told them 100 times I had nothing to do with it, but they said I done it,” he said. According to Kelough, he came under suspicion because of some red stains on his shirt and pants. Kelough, a casino maintenance worker, said he told officers the stains were from wood stain and he showed them his woodworking project. He said agents have showed up at his house and looked in windows, and that the agents scare his 6-year-old son. Kelough said he submitted to a DNA sample. “I’ve got nothing to hide,” he said. Timeline On June 8, Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker were finishing up a sleepover at Taylor’s house on County Line Road, about seven miles northeast of Weleetka. About 5 p.m., the two girls left to go on a walk to Bad Creek bridge, about one-half mile north of the house. At 5:30 p.m., Taylor’s grandfather found the girls’ bullet-ridden bodies. His wife frantically called 911. The Crime Scene The girls were shot a total of 13 times. Investigators said they appeared to have walked to the bridge and were returning home when they were killed. Bullet casings, footprints and tire tracks were found. Investigators said two different caliber guns were used. One was a .40 caliber Glock. The make of the second weapon has not been released. Due to the two guns used, authorities said they believed they were looking for at least two suspects. Because of the remote locations of the shootings, authorities said they believed the gunmen were local residents. The first person of interest On the day of the girls’ funerals, the OSBI revealed agents were looking for a witness/person of interest described as an American Indian man with a long pony tail. He was said to be wearing a ball cap and driving a white pickup. The OSBI said witnesses saw the man on the road the day the girls were killed. The man was never identified and authorities never received further credible information about him. Recent developments A few weeks ago, the OSBI sent about 60 letters to registered owners of .40 caliber Glock handguns in the area, asking them to submit their weapons for testing. About 40 gun owners submitted their weapons, five said they no longer owned the guns, and about 15 didn’t show up as requested. The agency said they would be contacting the 15 who did not respond. Contributing: Staff Writers Randy Ellis and Bryan Painter
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