The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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December 9, 2011

BREAKING: OSBI release: Man charged in death of Weleetka girls

Following is a portion of the press release sent out by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

First Degree Murder charges were filed Friday afternoon by District Attorney Max Cook against 25-year-old Kevin Sweat for the June 2008 murders of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker. The friends were shot multiple times as they played close to Placker’s home near Weleetka.

The OSBI has identified one of two weapons used in the murder as a .40 Glock model 22 with serial number EKG463US. Sweat may have tried to sell that gun at a gun show in Tulsa this March. The OSBI is offering up to a $5,000 reward for that firearm.

Investigators are releasing two photographs of Sweat, who is from Henryetta. One is the booking photo taken when he was arrested and subsequently charged with the murder of Ashley Taylor, his girlfriend. The other photo was taken around the time of the Weleetka murders.

Since this case has been handed to the District Attorney for prosecution, the OSBI will no longer provide information unless directed by the District Attorney. ...

The OSBI continues to urge anyone with information about this case to call 1-800-522-8017. A sizeable reward remains in place for such information.

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