Sweat makes first court appearance in Weleetka slayings
BY JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
5/18/12 at 8:19 AM
Continuing coverage: Read more on the Weleetka case here.
OKEMAH -- Kevin Sweat made his first appearance before a judge Tuesday after being charged in the slayings of two Weleetka girls in 2008.
Wearing an orange jumpsuit and bulletproof vest, Sweat stood silent while the court entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
Family and friends of Taylor Paschal-Plackard and Skyla Whitaker, as well as Ashley Taylor, Sweat's former girlfriend whom he is also accused of killing, gathered in the Okfuskee County courtroom to watch the proceedings.
Sweat was ordered to be jailed without bond. He was taken by a caravan of sheriff's deputies, OSBI agents and OHP troopers back to the Seminole County jail, where he has been held since being arrested in connection with his girlfriend's slaying.
Read more in Wednesday's Tulsa World.
Kevin Sweat (center) is escorted to a waiting vehicle after a hearing at the Okfuskee County Courthouse Tuesday in Okemah. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
Relatives of slain Weleetka girl Taylor Paschal-Placker share embraces after a hearing for Kevin Sweat at the Okfuskee County Courthouse Tuesday in Okemah. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
Lee Joy Taylor, grandmother of slain Ashley Taylor, talks to reporters before a hearing for Kevin Sweat at the Okfuskee County Courthouse Tuesday in Okemah. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World