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Slain Oklahoma women targeted for money, drugs, says witness

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Published: September 9, 2013
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TULSA (AP) — One of two brothers accused of fatally shooting four women in Tulsa was tipped off about drugs, money and jewelry in the apartment where the women lived and were later found dead, a friend of one brother testified Monday.

Jamila Jones, 21, testified that she briefly visited victim Rebeika Powell's apartment early on Jan. 7 to get a cigarette and saw jewelry, money and methamphetamine wrapped in tiny baggies with Smiley face stickers on each one laid out on Powell's table.

Jones quickly called James Poore, who was staying at her apartment in the same rundown complex the women lived in. Jones testified that James Poore wanted to know what she saw at Powell's apartment because “he wanted to hit a lick,” or pull off a robbery.

James Poore along with his brother, Cedric Poore, are accused of robbing Powell and her 23-year-old twin, Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson that January morning, then shooting them to death because the pair feared they might be identified.

Both brothers have pleaded not guilty and are being represented by separate attorneys.

Monday was the third day of testimony in the preliminary hearing to determine whether the brothers will be bound over for trial. The hearing was continued from mid-July due to several scheduling conflicts and could last most of the week.

Jones testified Monday for the prosecution under an agreement she had with the state that she would not face prosecution if she told the truth.

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