Man charged in Okla. girl's deaths wants 1 trial

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - A man charged in the shooting deaths of two young girls near Weleetka and the death of his 23-year-old girlfriend wants a judge to combine the separate cases so he can be tried for all three deaths at once.

A hearing is scheduled in Okfuskee County District Court Wednesday for 27-year-old Kevin Sweat. Sweat faces three counts of first-degree murder for the July 2011 death of his girlfriend, Ashley Taylor, as well as the 2008 shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker.

A June 10 trial date is set for Sweat in Taylor's death. Sweat says he should be tried once for all three deaths because a judge is allowing prosecutors to admit evidence of the girls' deaths at Taylor's trial.

Sweat has pleaded not guilty.

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