Suspects in quadruple homicide in court, arraignments set

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Updated: 2/22/2013 3:04 pm Published: 2/21/2013 10:55 am

A day after the DA filed First-Degree Murder charges against two men accused of shooting four women to death at an apartment in Fairmont Terrace the suspects appeared in court.

Both Cedric Dwayne Poore, 39, and his brother, James Stanford Poore, 32, appeared in court on Friday morning.

A judge entered a not guilty plea for James Poore and set a preliminary hearing for April 2nd. Caleb Poore's hearing was pushed to March 1st.

The brothers are charged with four counts of First-Degree Murder (Malice Aforethought) and two additional counts of Robbery with a Firearm. The DA originally reported to us that four robbery counts were filed, but corrected the report to two counts.

Cedric Poore also was charged with Possession of a Firearm After Former Conviction of a Felony. Both men also were charged with alternative counts of First-Degree Felony Murder. Oklahoma law allows prosecutors to file a felony murder charge when someone is killed during the commission of a robbery.

Additional charges were also filed against James Poore.  He's now charged with shooting with intent to kill and robbery with a firearm for an incident that happened on January 5th.

Rebeika Powell, 23; Kayetie Powell Melchor, 23; Misty Nunley, 33; and Julie Jackson, 55, were shot to death during a robbery. Their bodies were found in a bedroom at the apartment near 61st Street and Peoria.

“Filing charges is the first step in our effort to obtain justice for each of these victims, their families and the community,” said First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond. “As in any case, both men are presumed innocent until proven guilty. At the appropriate time, the District Attorney’s Office must present evidence to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The DA’s office found both men have former felony convictions. Cedric Poore was sentenced to 35 years in prison for a 1995 robbery in which two victims at a Tulsa club were bound and cash stolen from the from the business. James Poore pled guilty in 2001 to four Tulsa convenience store robberies and was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 5 years suspended sentence.

“In cases such as these, we review the facts and evidence to determine whether to seek the death penalty as an option of punishment,” Drummond said. “At some point after the preliminary hearing, we will conduct a formal review and make a determination.”

Under Oklahoma law, the punishment for First-Degree Murder can be life with the possibility of parole, life without the possibility of parole or death. The maximum punishment for each count of Robbery with a Firearm is life with the possibility of parole.

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WyoMoe - 2/26/2013 3:33 PM
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If there was ever a case that begged for the Death Penalty, this is it.

Mayor Maynot - 2/21/2013 9:42 PM
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I wouldn't have no death penalty for these (men?). But I'd make them work death row till the day they die v

aleman - 2/21/2013 3:20 PM
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Lot of money with these gangs

dodgegrl31 - 2/21/2013 11:58 AM
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Just makes you wonder why someone who was sentenced to 35 years previously was able to be out and about. He was allowed to escalate his crime, going from violent robbery to murder.

withyone - 2/21/2013 11:52 AM
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Still alot of unanswered questions for the family .... Still so much in shock , but at least its a start ..

goodwinboi - 2/21/2013 11:26 AM
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Sounds like these two scumbags have been nothing but trouble their whole lives. Death penalty all the way. The world will be much better without these demons here.

KTorrent - 2/21/2013 11:09 AM
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Why were FOUR girls killed? What were they hiding? You can waiger Dewey Bartlett and Kathy Taylor will be using these killings in a big way to tout their agendas in their Tulsa mayor campaigns. They will put big publicity attention here and hide the ramifications of their agendas on other parts of the city.
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