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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Testimony resumes in case of slain Oklahoma girls

  • OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A videotaped statement from the man accused of fatally shooting two Oklahoma girls is being presented in court as a judge decides whether the suspect should stand trial on murder charges.
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  • OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A videotaped statement from the man accused of fatally shooting two Oklahoma girls is being presented in court as a judge decides whether the suspect should stand trial on murder charges.
     
    Associate District Judge David Martin began watching the videotape Tuesday after he denied a defense motion to not allow it into evidence. Defense attorneys for 27-year-old Kevin Sweat maintained that the statement violates Sweat's right against self-incrimination.
     
    Authorities say Sweat tells investigator Kurt Titsworth in the videotaped statement that he saw "two monsters" approaching when he opened fire on 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker.
     
    Titsworth testified Tuesday, the second day of Sweat's preliminary hearing. Martin has set aside three days for the hearing.
     
    Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
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