Weleetka Murders
Weleetka Murders -- On June 8, 2008 Taylor Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, were shot a total of 13 times on a dirt road between Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties.

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  • KJRH: Family of Kevin Sweat's victim receives alert that daughter's killer was released from prison

    Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    A miscommunication about a convicted killer put one of his victim's family on high alert Tuesday night, KJRH reports. An alert service sent a message to the family of Ashley Taylor, one of the three victims of Kevin Sweat, saying that Taylor's killer was released from custody ...

  • After one daughter's killer is sent to prison, Oklahoma family suffers second tragedy

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    GLENPOOL — It hasn’t even been a month since Michael and Faye Taylor watched the killer of one of their daughters leave a courtroom, bound for prison. Now the family is facing tragedy again, following the recent death of the couple’s other daughter. Charyl Schultz, 33, was found dead Monday...

  • Murderer Kevin Sweat given three life sentences without parole in killings

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Murderer Kevin Sweat was sentenced to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole for each of three murders, including his fiancee and two girls near Weleetka.

  • With Kevin Sweat to be sentenced Friday, TV reporter shares insight into conversations with convicted killer

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    During the three years it has taken to prosecute Kevin Sweat in Okfuskee County, the convicted killer hasn't said much in the courtroom. Set to be sentenced to prison Friday for three counts of first-degree murder, Sweat stood mute before the court in at least one hearing, and on other...

  • Hearing delayed for man charged in Weleetka case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    OKEMAH — Formal sentencing has been delayed for an Oklahoma man who pleaded guilty in the shooting deaths of his fiancee and two girls from Weleetka. Kevin Sweat was due in court Friday for sentencing, but a judge has delayed the hearing until Oct. 24. In July, Sweat pleaded guilty to three...

  • Report: Convicted killer Kevin Sweat shows 'little to no' remorse, denies crimes

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Though he pleaded guilty in July to three counts of murder, a presentence investigation found Kevin Sweat showed “little to no” remorse for killing his fiancee and denied “any involvement” in the deaths of two young Weleetka girls. Sweat was found guilty on July 31 of murder in the 2008 deaths...

  • Slain woman’s parents propose new victims’ law

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    TULSA — The parents of a woman killed in 2011 are proposing a new law to protect Oklahoma workers from termination or demotion if they attend court hearings in support of their loved ones. Michael Taylor, father of victim Ashley Taylor, says his daughter’s namesake law would strengthen the...

  • Town changed, even with girls’ killer behind bars

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, AP | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    WELEETKA — Folks once settled in this sleepy central Oklahoma town to get away from the crime and hubbub of big-city life. Many residents didn’t bolt their doors or draw their shades at night. Most here never worried about people like Kevin Sweat. But then, on a dusty road northeast of town,...

  • Kevin Sweat admits killing two Weleetka-area girls, his fiancee

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    An Oklahoma judge will decide the Henryetta man’s punishment. He faces a maximum of three life sentences without parole.

  • Oklahoma man pleads guilty to killing two Weleetka girls in 2008

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    OKEMAH (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008, but who wasn’t arrested until after being questioned in his fiancie’s death three years later, pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday. Kevin Sweat, 28, entered guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree...

  • Prosecutors: Kevin Sweat threatened to kill girlfriend one month before Weleetka girls' deaths

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    OKEMAH — Prosecutors are seeking to present evidence at trial that Kevin Sweat abused and threatened to kill his girlfriend one month before he allegedly gunned down two Weleetka girls in 2008. At a hearing Wednesday in Okfuskee County District Court, District Judge Lawrence Parish said he...

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

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jul 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...

  • KOKH: Kevin Sweat letter reaches out from behind bars

    Published: Fri, May 23, 2014

    The man accused of three murders reaches out from behind bars to Fox 25. In the letter sent from his cell in the Seminole County jail, Kevin Sweat tells Fox 25 his lawyers have told him he ...