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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Not guilty plea for Okla. man in deaths of 2 girls

  • OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a man accused of gunning down two girls in rural Oklahoma.
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  • OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a man accused of gunning down two girls in rural Oklahoma.
     
    Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Parish entered the plea Thursday on behalf of Kevin Sweat.
     
    Sweat is accused in the June 2008 shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.
     
    Sweat was already in custody in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Ashley Taylor, when he told investigators in 2011 he shot "the demons" who approached him along a rural road where the girls' bodies were found.
     
    Also Thursday, Sweat's attorneys requested a change of venue for Sweat's June trial for Ashley Taylor's death. The judge has not yet ruled on that request.
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