Slain Weleetka-area girls may be linked to man charged in Okmulgee woman's death

A man charged in the death of an Okmulgee, OK, woman may be linked to the death of two Weleetka-area girls in 2008, relatives said.
BY BRYAN DEAN and ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: November 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm •  Published: November 3, 2011
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photo - Ashley Taylor of Okmulgee ORG XMIT: KOD
Ashley Taylor of Okmulgee ORG XMIT: KOD

— A gun receipt and shell casings found on the family property of a man accused of killing his girlfriend in July link the man to the unsolved shooting deaths of two Weleetka-area girls in 2008, relatives of two of the victims said Thursday.

Kevin Sweat, 25, is charged in Okfuskee County with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Ashley Taylor, 23, in July. He is in jail in Seminole County.

After Sweat's arrest, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released a description and serial number for a Glock .40-caliber model 22 handgun they say was used in the killings of Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, in 2008 as they walked on a dirt road near Weleetka, 90 miles east of Oklahoma City.

According to court records, charred remains believed to be Ashley Taylor's were found Aug. 4 on a farm belonging to Sweat's father, Pat.

Susan Murhpy-Milano, spokeswoman for Taylor's family and an author who has written about the case, said shell casings from the missing pistol in the Weleetka case also were found during the search of the Sweat family property.

Shell casings were found at the scene of the girls' shootings in 2008.

Joe Mosher, Paschal-Placker's great-uncle, said Pat Sweat also gave investigators a receipt for the Glock pistol, which is how they got the gun's serial number.

‘Cases appear to be highly connected'

Authorities confirmed Thursday they are investigating links between Sweat and the Weleetka killings, but they would not confirm the details given by the victims' family members.

Maxey Reilly, Okfuskee County district attorney, released a statement Thursday saying he is aware of reports that Sweat is connected to the Weleetka case.

“I can assure you that the OSBI and other law enforcement entities are working around the clock to pursue each and every lead in this case, including any and all leads, including those regarding Mr. Sweat.”

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said agents are still looking for the gun. Agents think it was sold at a Tulsa gun show in March. They say the person who owns it now was not involved in the killings.

Anyone with information on the gun's whereabouts is asked to call the OSBI. The weapon's serial number is: EKG463US.

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