The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 22, 2012

Man accused in Weleetka girls slayings to enter plea in another death


From The Associated Press

OKEMAH, Okla. — A man accused of killing two young girls in 2008 is scheduled to enter a plea on a first-degree murder count stemming from the July 2011 death of his girlfriend.

Kevin Sweat is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Okfuskee County District Court in Okemah.

In May, a judge ordered Sweat to stand trial in connection with the slaying of 23-year-old Ashley Taylor. Investigators allege fragmented human bones found on the property of Sweat's father were consistent with Taylor but not an exact match.

Sweat also is accused of fatally shooting 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker, who were found after they went for a walk near Weleetka. His preliminary hearing in that case is set for Nov. 5.

Sweat has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.