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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  • Reward of $160,000 renewed in Weleetka slayings

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2009

    WELEETKA — Authorities on Tuesday announced a 90-day extension of the $160,000 reward in connection with the unsolved 2008 shooting deaths of two girls near Weleetka. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents "continue to receive and follow leads" in the June 8, 2008...

  • Reward in Weleetka slaying spurs rise in calls

    JOHNNY JOHNSON | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2009

    WELEETKA — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has received a large number of "not-so-valuable” tips since a reward was increased in the case of last summer’s shooting deaths of two girls near Weleetka. "We did get some tips that were looked into, and some that...

  • Weleetka reward hits $160K

    MANNY GAMALLO - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2009

    OKEMAH — A reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for last year’s killings of two young girls near Weleetka soared to $160,000 on Thursday. The reward was $40,000 until a group of oil producers from the Tulsa and Kiefer areas decided to pledge an...

  • Reward raised to $160,000 in Weleetka case

    MANNY GAMALLO - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2009

    OKEMAH — State officials this morning announced an increase to the reward offered for information in the 2008 slaying deaths of two girls near Weleetka. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will announce the amount of the increase, made possible by a private donor, at a news...

  • OSBI pleads for leads in Weleetka case

    JOHNNY JOHNSON | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2009

    OKEMAH — A year after two Graham schoolgirls were savagely gunned down alongside a secluded country road, an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman said the agency is only "one piece of information away” from solving the case. Investigators need is the name of the...

  • Authorities are one piece of information away from arrest in slaying of Weleetka girls, OSBI says

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2009

    OKEMAH -- On the one year anniversary of the deaths of two girls near Weleetka that remains unsolved, a law enforcement spokeswoman pleaded for help to break the case. "We are one piece of information away from making an arrest," said Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman. "I don't know why a person...

  • New clues come in Weleetka slayings

    SONYA COLBERG | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2009

    Investigators have discovered DNA evidence tied to the shooting deaths last year near Weleetka of Taylor Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11. Details are expected to be released at a Monday news conference. "We did find something of significance,” said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State...

  • Weleetka murders DNA evidence will not be topic of Monday press conference

    SONYA COLBERG | Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2009

    OKEMAH – A press conference Monday will not delve into the DNA evidence in the shooting deaths of two girls last summer. The girls’ families, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the Okfuskee County sheriff and assistant district attorney are scheduled to hold a conference on the...

  • OSBI to discuss Weleetka girls' murder

    JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2009

    TULSA — State investigators are planning to discuss publicly the unsolved murders of two young girls who were found shot to death nearly a year ago along a dirt road in rural Okfuskee County. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said law enforcement officials will...

  • Fire leaves future uncertain for Weleetka

    BY ANN KELLEY | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2009

    WELEETKA — Friday’s fire left downtown Weleetka looking like a bomb went off, Mayor Jimpsey Micco said. There are mounds of charred brick, metal and debris covering an entire block of Main Street. The scene has become a spectacle, and people coming from other towns gawk and take...

  • At vigil, Weleetka slayings get new attention

    BY MANNY GAMALLO | Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    WELEETKA — Nearly 100 people gathered around a memorial to two young girls and prayed that the "cloud of evil” over the community is lifted by the capture of the killers. More than anything else, Sunday’s prayer vigil was aimed at refocusing attention to the slayings in...

  • 2008 produced quotes worth remembering in Oklahoma

    BY DAVID ZIZZO | Updated: Thu, Jan 1, 2009

    Some things said in 2008 in Oklahoma bear repeating. Here are a few of them: “I have Stipes coming out of my ears, and I can't seem to get any of them to trial.” U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White about delays in trials for former state Sen. Gene Stipe and his...