Attorney seek single trial for Weleetka suspect

By: From Wire Reports, Tulsa World
By: From Wire Reports, Tulsa World

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - Defense attorneys are seeking a combined trial for a man charged with killing two Weleetka girls in 2008 and his fiancee in 2011.

Attorneys for Kevin Sweat announced their intent Thursday to seek a single trial for their client. They made the announcement after Okfuskee County District Judge Lawrence Parish ruled that evidence in the Weleetka case could be used in the trial over the death of Sweat's fiancee, Ashley Taylor.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Sweat. He's also charged in the shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker.

Defense attorney Wayne Woodyard tells the Tulsa World that a single trial for both cases is the best way to defend Sweat.

A hearing is set for May 15.

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