Prosecutors ask to introduce evidence of alleged threats in trial for Weleetka slaying suspect


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OKEMAH, Oklahoma — Prosecutors want to present evidence that a man accused of killing two Oklahoma girls allegedly abused and threatened to kill his girlfriend one month before the 2008 shootings.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys for Kevin Sweat appeared in court Wednesday ahead of Sweat's trial, scheduled for Aug. 4. Sweat is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Skyla Whitaker and Taylor Paschal-Placker, and in the 2011 death of his fiancee, Ashley Taylor.

The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/1q1DJSl ) prosecutors asked to introduce evidence that Sweat allegedly pointed a handgun at another girlfriend in 2008. He is not charged for that incident, and District Judge Lawrence Parish is considering whether to allow that evidence at trial.

Sweat has waived his right to a jury trial so Parish will be determining his guilt.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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