Arraignment set for brothers accused in Fairmont Terrace killings
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Thursday, February 07, 2013
2/07/13 at 12:28 PM
Continuing coverage: Read previous articles and view documents and video about Fairmont Terrace here
A Feb. 19 arraignment was set for two men arrested in a quadruple homicide last month at Fairmont Terrace.
Cedric and James Poore made a brief court appearance before Special Judge Charles Hogshead on Thursday morning via video link from the Tulsa Jail.
Charges have not been filed in the case, so no plea was entered on the brothers' behalf.
The men are being held without bond on four complaints each of first-degree murder in the deaths of Misty Nunley, 33; Julie Jackson, 55; and sisters Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Powell Melchor, both 23. The women were found shot to death in Powell's apartment about 12:35 p.m. Jan. 7.
Police Chief Chuck Jordan announced the arrests of Cedric and James Poore at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Jordan said the suspects lived in the same apartment complex as the victims but that he couldn't release much information about motive or details of the crimes.
"I'm not going to say anything to harm that case," Jordan said. "This is only a small part of the justice system. This is the first part; we have the rest of it to go."
Jordan said investigators could rule out gang motivation, but he would not say whether drugs were involved.
The men's arrest and booking reports at the Tulsa Jail, however, indicate that drugs and robbery were aspects of the homicides.
According to the reports, witnesses told detectives that the brothers were in an apartment at Fairmont Terrace and said they were going to "pull a 'lick' (robbery) at the victim's apartment."
Cedric Poore was armed with a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, and both men left the apartment and returned about 20 minutes later, the witnesses told police.
James Poore told the witnesses that he had shot one of the victims - whose name was redacted from the report - because she would have been able to identify him, according to the arrest reports. He said his brother shot the other victims, the reports say.
Police wrote that all four women had their hands tied behind their backs and had been shot in the head.
The witnesses also told police that the brothers pulled "loot" from the robbery out of a bag and that they saw drugs wrapped in plastic, money and jewelry. The brothers divided the money, and Cedric Poore took the jewelry to pawn, the witnesses said, according to the reports.
From left, James and Cedric Poore