Attorneys: Accused Weleetka Murderer Wasn't Competent To Waive Rights


Tuesday, April 22nd 2014, 6:14 pm
By: News On 6


Accused murderer Kevin Sweat was back in court Tuesday. Prosecutors charged Sweat with three counts of murder for the deaths of his former girlfriend and two young girls from Weleetka.

The issue on Tuesday was whether a jury should be allowed to hear Sweat's taped confessions.

Sweat has made several videotaped confessions, his attorneys said Sweat wasn't mentally competent to waive his Miranda rights for those confessions and they should not be allowed at trial.

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Sweat was escorted inside the Okfuskee County courthouse wearing a Kevlar vest. He's accused of killing Skyla Whitaker and Taylor Placker in 2008, as well as his former girlfriend, Ashley Taylor, in 2011.

Ashley's father, Michael Taylor, said, "He needs to start facing the reality that's in front of him. The courts need to get it moved down the road."

Sweat was in court while his lawyers fought over whether a videotaped confession should be allowed at his trial. In the confession Sweat admits to killing Whitaker and Placker because he thought they were monsters out to get him.

His attorneys said the confession should be thrown out because Sweat didn't have a lawyer present and he wasn't competent enough to waive his Miranda rights.

Michael Taylor said Sweat was over at his house several times while dating Ashley, and believes without a doubt, that Sweat knew what he was doing when he waived his rights.

"Oh absolutely. Absolutely. He's competent to make those decisions on his own," he said.

A prosecution psychologist who examined Sweat told the court he didn't see any signs of mental illness, confusion, or cognitive disabilities. He said there was no evidence to indicate Sweat was not mentally competent when he gave the confessions.

Ashley's father said his family is tired of these hearings that have caused so many delays. He's ready for it to go to trial, saying everyday they have to wait is just one more day of reliving the tragedy.

"It wears on you when it's just every day. It's in front of your face every day, you hear about it every day. It's a never-ending thing," Michael Taylor said.

The trial for all three murders is scheduled for this August in Bristow.