OSBI still seeking gun in Weleetka slayings

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents might attend an Oklahoma City gun show this weekend in their continued search for a handgun they think was used in the 2008 slaying of two Weleetka girls.
By SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: November 19, 2011
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— Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents might attend an Oklahoma City gun show this weekend to seek information about a gun thought to have been used in the slaying of two Weleetka-area girls.

“There is the possibility agents will be at the gun show,” agency spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Friday. If so, they will be handing out information seeking the whereabouts of a Glock .40-caliber handgun, Brown said.

Investigators think the weapon was used in the shooting deaths of Skyla Whitaker, 11, and Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13. Their bodies were found June 8, 2008, on a dirt road near Weleetka.

Families of both victims said an Okfuskee County man, Kevin Sweat, 25, was an acquaintance of Taylor's mother, Jennifer, and that Sweat's grandfather lives near Paschal-Placker's home and the scene of the shooting four miles northeast of Weleetka.

Joe Mosher, Taylor's great-uncle, said a relative of Sweat's gave investigators a receipt for the Glock pistol, which is how OSBI obtained the gun's serial number.

The OSBI has declined to comment on the claims made by the victims' relatives or whether Sweat is a person of interest.

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