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

By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World Modified: July 10, 2014 at 9:35 am •  Published: July 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 would consider whether that evidence could be allowed at trial in addition to several other pre-trial matters at a July 16 hearing.

Now that Sweat has waived his right to a jury trial and the state is no longer seeking the death penalty, Parish said Wednesday that he expects both sides to be ready for the Aug. 4 trial date “absent some calamity.”

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