Tulsa Man Sentenced To Life In Fairmont Terrace Quadruple Murders

Monday, May 2nd 2016, 7:46 am
By: News On 6

James Poore, who was found guilty in the shooting deaths of four women at a Tulsa apartment complex, received four life sentences without parole in court Monday in the murders.

He got two life sentences for robbery with a firearm in connection to the quadruple slayings.

"It'll be a constant reminder for the rest of James Poore's life that, you know, he's got the lives of four people on his shoulders," Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said.

A jury convicted him last month on four counts of murder and two counts of robbery with a firearm for the deaths at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments in 2013. The jury recommended life without parole.

Prosecutors say the bodies were discovered after a woman found a 3-year-old boy wandering in the complex on January 7, 2013. The woman took him to his apartment because it was cold outside. When the boy let her inside, she saw four women shot in the head with their hands tied behind their backs.

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Rebeika Powell, the boy's mother, her twin sister Kayetie Melchor, their friend Misty Nunley and visitor Julie Jackson were killed.

Kunzweiler said the victims' families are still grieving.

"We have them have these victim impact statements, and they've known for well over a year that this day would be coming, and it was still hard for her to even put pen to paper," he said.

During the sentence hearing, Poore told the judge he didn't commit the crime but said he hopes the families find closure.

The district attorney said that’s not possible, “To me, closure is the opportunity to hug and kiss and say 'I love you' and say goodbye. They weren't afforded that opportunity, so, for them, for the rest of their life, they're just always gonna have that open wound."

The prosecution now turns its attention to Cedric Poore who will head to trial in December.

Kunzweiler said, "I'm glad we're just able to get this chapter done. We still have another defendant to deal with, so we'll move forward with that case."

Poore must also pay back more than $40,000 in court costs.