|Updated: 1/30 12:16 pm
||Published: 1/29 6:48 pm
A video recorded confession reveals how an accused killer told investigators he saw ‘demons.'
“I was seeing monsters and I panicked and shot them.”
Kevin Sweat is accused of killing two young girls in Weleetka on June, 8th, 2008.
Thirteen-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker were gunned down by a .40 caliber Glock pistol and a .22 rifle on a dirt road near Taylor’s home.
A judge bound Sweat over for trial in the Weleetka murders, “Tragedy has visited our county.”
During the two-day preliminary hearing, ten pieces of evidence were introduced in court.
The key piece of evidence is the two hour and thirty-three minute interrogation on September, 13, 2011 with Sweat and the lead OSBI Agent in the case, Kurt Titsworth.
For an hour and 45 minutes Sweat continued to deny he had any part of the murders, he said he wouldn’t kill kids and doesn’t remember what happened and he saw demons and blacked out.
The agent told Sweat there was evidence against him in the case that put Sweat at the crime scene.
“Did demons make you do it,” said Titsworth.
Sweat told the agent “I guess I was mental.”
Then about an hour and 45 minutes later in the interview, Sweat told the agent he stopped to urinate on the road and “I was seeing monsters. They were coming after me. I shot them and jumped in car and drove as fast as I could.”
Sweat told the agent he panicked and dumped the guns or sold the guns.
The agent testified the .40 caliber shell casings from the murder scene and .40 caliber shell casings from Sweat’s father’s property and his bedroom at his mother’s house matched.
OSBI firearm experts testified how they identified the .40 caliber which the serial number traced back to the Baltimore Police Department. The gun was reportedly traded with Glock and it eventually was sold in Oklahoma. BPD had the serial number of the gun on record.
Sweat’s father testified Sweat would shoot his .40 caliber on his property and enjoyed guns.
Agent Titsworth testified Sweat worked with Skyla’s mother during the timeframe the girls were killed in 2008. He also says he worked with Taylor’s aunt later who told him how the girls were found when they were killed saying Taylor was trying to protect Skyla because Skyla was trying to run.
Titsworth also says the aunt told Sweat how many times the girls each shot. Medical examiner reports show Taylor was shot five times and Skyla was shot eight times.
Taylor’s sister Linda Placker also testified was emotional on the stand and said that she never told Sweat about the details of the murders.
Agent Titsworth also told the court that Sweat told family members his former fiancé, Ashley Taylor threatened to go to police about the Weleetka murders if Sweat broke up with her.
Sweat is also accused of murdering Ashley in July, 2011.
Sweat’s mother testified during the preliminary hearing and denied telling detectives about that.
Skyla’s grandmother was in the courtroom to watch the video recorded confession. The Plackers were not allowed inside because they had to testify in the preliminary hearing.
Ashley’s stepmother and father who listened and watched still wants answers.
“The lies, trying to cover things up and trying to skirt the issue. Having to relive this brings up the feelings of anger,” said Michael Taylor.
An arraignment should be scheduled for Sweat in about a week. A trial date could be set at the arraignment.
The trial for Ashley Taylor’s murder is scheduled for June, 2013.
Sweat faces the death penalty for all three murders.
The .40 caliber Glock mode 22 has not been recovered. A $5,000 reward for that gun serial number EKG463US is being offered. If you have any information call OSBI at (800) 522-8017.