Witnesses implicate brothers in slayings

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Updated: 7/15/2013 10:47 pm Published: 7/15/2013 10:21 pm

An emotional day in court for witnesses and family of the women gunned down in January's quadruple homicide.

Twin sisters Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, both 23, Misty Nunley, 33, and Julie Jackson, 55, were tied up and shot in the head at a South Tulsa apartment complex.

A month later, brothers Cedric Poore 39, and James Poore, 32, were charge in the slayings.

The preliminary hearing is for the judge to decide if there is enough evidence for a murder trial.

Since the killings, the community has changed.

"My family and me wanted me to move and everyone who cared about me," said Fairmont Terrace resident Deandrea Tennyson.

Four families are torn apart and struggling with the painful testimony of why the twins and their friends were gunned down.

In Monday's hearing, witnesses sobbed on the stand, and in the back of the courtroom the victim's victims' families wiped away tears.

Police believe one of the twins was a target who was robbed for drugs.

Cedric Poore's wife, Casey Poore, testified against her brother-in-law, James Poore. She told the judge her husband told her the day of the killings, his brother was a part of it.

When Casey Poore testified about her conversation she had with James Poore a few weeks after the killings, she sobbed. She said James told her, “I need to burn my thermal shirt because it has brain matter on it.”

She didn't tell police about the conversation with James Poore because she was scared and didn't want to be labeled a snitch.

She said she asked her brother-in-law why he told her and said,  “Sis, I told you so you know what I am capable of.”

Earlier in the day Cedric Poore's 19-year-old daughter took the stand and said her uncle told her he committed the killings and something went wrong.

The neighbor who found the women testified she will never forget that image and she was reminded on the stand as she testified against the Poore brothers.

The prosecutor showed Laura Moore a picture of the dead women and she sobbed uncontrollably, "Get it away, I know it well."

In the back of the courtroom, the family of Julie Jackson and the twins put their faces in their hands and quietly cried.

Jackson's family is wearing purple ribbons and a button with her picture.

The neighbor testified that Rebeika called her that morning and asked Moore to check on her. Moore said on her way to the apartment she thought she heard Rebeika yell, and she found Rebeika's 3-year-old son outside the apartment.

She said he took her hand and waved at her and pointed to the floor where his mother had been killed. That's when Moore called 911.

She said she ran out screaming, "They're all dead, they're all dead,” and called 911.
Six months later families who were there at Fairmont Terrace when the killings happened say they fell much safer today.

“I think everything is a lot quieter around here and security, doing what they should be doing in the first place," said Tennyson.

Court records show there were five people in James Poore's apartment in Fairmont Terrace where the woman lived.

Records show they plan to call the five witnesses during the preliminary hearing.

Testimony continues Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

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watergirl - 7/16/2013 8:17 AM
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I don't want to keep them alive for the rest of their lives either. Just long enough to get a conviction then take them to a room, tie their hands behind their backs, make them kneel, give them a chance to say their prayers and then shoot them. That's fair enough.

WyoMoe - 7/16/2013 7:54 AM
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Mayor - I dont want the Tax Burden of feeding and housing and treating these two dirt bags. I will however donate to the Lethal Injection Fund, Provide the ammunition or pick up the power bill for the termination of both!

OldSAL - 7/16/2013 7:14 AM
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I was listening to KRMG radio on the way to work this morning and you reported the news about a Milwaukee man who is going to trial for shooting a thirteen year old. In the same news cast, you reported the news in the story above, in which two men killed four women. What disturbed me almost as much as the murders themselves, was the way they were reported. In the story about the thirteen year old that was killed, you placed emphasis on the fact that it was a "white" man that killed a "black" boy. Yet nowhere in the story about the four women that were killed do you mention the fact that it was two "black" men, that TIED UP and killed four "white” women, by shooting them in the back of the head, execution style. My suggestion to you would be to leave race out of all stories you report. The media is being used as a puppet to divide this country and you are playing along. Whatever happened to FOX's "Fair and balanced", "We report, you decide". I am greatly disturbed by this divisive form of reporting the news. This country is heading down a very scary path and the media is pulling it along by the way it reports the news.

Mayor Maynot - 7/15/2013 11:47 PM
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Whatever happened at that apartment the Poore brothers planned for it sad heartless creatures. Take their freedom put them in solitary confinement for life.
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