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Hearing set for Oklahoma man accused in girlfriend's death and also charged in Weleetka killings

OKEMAH — An Okmulgee man accused of killing two Weleetka girls faces a preliminary hearing in the death of his girlfriend.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 22, 2012
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OKEMAH — An Okmulgee man accused of killing two Weleetka girls faces a preliminary hearing in the death of his girlfriend.

The hearing scheduled to begin in Okfuskee County District Court Tuesday for Kevin Sweat, who is accused of killing Ashley Taylor, his girlfriend. Sweat also is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2008 shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker.

Authorities say the killings are unrelated, but detectives investigating Taylor's death found shell casings they allege linked Sweat to the deaths of the young girls.

Investigators say they searched property near Weleetka in August and discovered fragmented adult human bones, pieces of prescription eye glasses and female clothing from a burn pile they linked to Taylor.

Sweat has pleaded not guilty.

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