Oklahoma man accused of 3 deaths pleads not guilty

OKEMAH — A man accused of killing two young girls in 2008 has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the July 2011 death of his girlfriend.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: August 22, 2012 at 10:48 am •  Published: August 22, 2012
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OKEMAH — A man accused of killing two young girls in 2008 has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the July 2011 death of his girlfriend.

Kevin Sweat entered the plea Wednesday in Okemah. In May, a judge ordered Sweat to stand trial for the slaying of 23-year-old Ashley Taylor. Investigators allege fragmented human bones found on the property of Sweat's father were consistent with Taylor but not an exact match.

Judge Lawrence Parish scheduled an Oct. 22 trial date, but Sweat's attorney says he'll ask for a delay because of a scheduling conflict.

Sweat also is accused of fatally shooting 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker, who were found after they went for a walk near Weleetka. His preliminary hearing in that case is set for Nov. 5.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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