Local & Regional
Tue June 5, 2012
Arraignment Set for Man Accused of Three Murders
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two young girls in 2008 is scheduled to be formally arraigned on a first-degree murder count stemming from the July death of his girlfriend.
The proceeding for Kevin Sweat is set for Tuesday afternoon in Okfuskee County District Court in Okemah.
A judge last month determined there was enough evidence for 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 belonging to Taylor, but were 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.
Sweat has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.