TULSA (AP) — Two brothers accused of robbing and shooting four women to death in January should stand trial on first-degree murder charges, a judge ruled Friday in Tulsa district court.
Cedric Poore and James Poore were stone-faced as they were led away from the courtroom in shackles on the seventh day of their preliminary hearing in the killings of 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson.
The brothers are accused of robbing the four women, then shooting them out of fear of being recognized by their victims.
The women were discovered around midday in a back bedroom of Powell's apartment on Jan. 7. All four had their hands tied behind their backs with blue or pink fabric and gunshots to the head.
Judge Stephen Clark set a Sept. 23 arraignment for both men. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether they'll seek the death penalty.
The brothers have each pleaded not guilty to the first-degree killings and are being represented by separate attorneys.
“These women must have been terrorized,” First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond told the court in closing statements early Friday. “There was only one gun, so the others had to witness (the others being shot.) “It was coldblooded murder in that apartment.”
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