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Kevin Sweat won't face death penalty in killings of Weleetka girls, fiancée

By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World Modified: July 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm •  Published: July 4, 2014
A suspect in three homicides has waived his right to a jury trial, meaning he will no longer face the death penalty and his fate will be determined by an Okfuskee County judge.

Kevin Sweat faces three counts of first-degree murder in the 2008 deaths of Skyla Whitaker and Taylor Paschal-Placker outside Weleetka and the 2011 death of his fiancée, Ashley Taylor.

Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty for Sweat, citing the murders as especially heinous and cruel. Whitaker and Paschal-Placker were found gunned down by the side of a county road in June 2008, Taylor disappeared in 2011 when she and Sweat were supposed to be headed to Louisiana to get married.

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