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Judge sets jury trials in 2013 killings of 4 Tulsa women

Oklahoman Published: May 19, 2014

TULSA — A Tulsa judge has set separate jury trials for two men accused of shooting four women to death at a run-down apartment complex last year.

Judge William Kellough on Monday set a Jan. 12 trial for James Poore and a Feb. 9 trial for Poore’s brother, Cedric Poore.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to killing 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson.

The four women were discovered around midday in a back bedroom of Powell’s apartment. All four had their hands tied behind their backs with blue or pink fabric and gunshots to the head.

The attorneys representing the Poores have argued that the state built a flimsy case on unreliable witnesses who admittedly used drugs and cut deals with prosecutors. has disabled the comments for this article.