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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> 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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