Suspect's parole revocation was sought before quadruple homicide
BY CARY ASPINWALL World Staff Writer
Thursday, February 07, 2013
With Oklahoma’s corrections system relying largely on paper records that are mailed between offices, it took more than two months for officials to obtain a warrant for a convicted felon who violated his parole and is now accused of killing four women just days before he returned to jail, a Tulsa World investigation has found.
Cedric Dwayne Poore, one of two gunmen police have accused of a January quadruple homicide, was arrested Jan. 14 — seven days after the women were slain — for violating the terms of his parole.
The violation occurred after Poore was convicted of a misdemeanor in Tulsa County District Court on Oct. 8, 2012, but the paperwork took a long, slow path from Tulsa to Oklahoma City and back through the U.S. mail.
The warrant to revoke his parole — which had been approved by Gov. Brad Henry and Gov. Mary Fallin — and send him back to prison was issued on Dec. 28, according to Department of Corrections records.
On Jan. 7, Misty Nunley, 33; Julie Jackson, 55; and 23-year-old twin sisters Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Powell Melchor were shot to death at Fairmont Terrace, a federally subsidized apartment complex near 61st Street and Peoria Avenue.
Cedric Poore and his brother James Poore remain held without bond at the Tulsa Jail in connection with the slayings.
Probation and parole officers in the Tulsa County district office wrote a report requesting a warrant to revoke Cedric Poore’s parole a few days after his October misdemeanor conviction for obstructing an officer, records show.
But a process of revisions and approvals meant the paper records were not finalized and mailed to the Oklahoma City office until Dec. 11, said Kathy King, assistant district supervisor.
About two weeks after the approved warrant was returned by mail to the district office, Cedric Poore was arrested, and officials prepared to return him to the Department of Corrections’ Lexington Assessment and Reception Center from the Tulsa Jail, unaware of the role police believe he played in the quadruple homicide.
Read more of this story in Friday's Tulsa World.
Cedric Dwayne Poore