Robert Bever

Seen through a courtroom door window, Robert Bever is pictured during a break in testimony at the Tulsa County courthouse on Feb. 23, 2016. Tulsa World file


One of two brothers charged in the grisly slayings of five family members in their Broken Arrow home attempted to commit suicide while incarcerated in the Tulsa Jail, according to records.

Robert Bever attempted to hang himself by tying a sheet around his neck and sleeping boat, propping the boat against the toilet to allow his head to hang freely, a jail incident report states.

A sleeping boat is a large plastic canoe-shaped tray for inmates who don’t have a bed to sleep in.

The report indicates that Bever, 19, was found by a detention officer during a security check. The attempted suicide took place about 12:15 p.m. June 17 in the medical unit, which has segregated cells.

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Roebuck said the suicide attempt was discovered during a routine check of the cells and that medical staff cut him down. Roebuck said medical staff at the jail checked Bever over and determined he was uninjured, so they moved him to suicide watch.

Robert and his brother Michael Bever, 17, are each charged with five counts of first-degree murder and a single count of assault and battery with intent to kill. Prosecutors accuse the two brothers of stabbing to death their parents — David Bever, 52; and April Bever, 44 — as well as three younger siblings — Daniel, 12; Christopher, 7; and Victoria 5.

A 13-year-old sister who was critically wounded in the attack survived, as well as a 2-year-old sister who was found uninjured inside the home.

The two brothers are scheduled to make their appearances for district court arraignment at 9 a.m. Monday.

Officers responded to the scene late July 22, 2015, because of an open line on an emergency phone call made from inside the house, an attempt to summon help by one of the victims.

Broken Arrow detectives testified during a preliminary hearing in February that the brothers wanted to “outdo” famous mass killers and gain notoriety, planning to embark on an out-of-state spree after slaying their immediate family members.

“(Robert Bever) expressed wanting to have some sort of fame or notoriety for being a serial killer,” detective Eric Bentz testified. “He said that if he killed more than one person, it made him like a god.”

Corey Jones 918-581-8359

corey.jones@tulsaworld.com

Corey is a general assignment reporter who specializes in coverage of man-made earthquakes, criminal justice and dabbles in enterprise projects. He excels at annoying the city editor. Phone: 918-581-8359

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