|Updated: 5/23/2012 10:10 am
||Published: 5/22/2012 9:38 pm
There is enough evidence for an accused killer to stand trial.
Kevin Sweat, 26, is accused of his murdering his fiancée Ashley Taylor in July 2011.
On Tuesday, an Okfuskee County judge heard testimony and looked at evidence in Taylor’s murder and bound Sweat over for trial.
As Ashley Taylor’s mother left the courtroom, a wave of emotion took over Patricia Coy.
"It's just hurts our heart,” said Coy.
She took the stand and talked about how happy she was to marry Kevin Sweat.
On July, 17th, 2011, they were planning to head to Louisiana to get married. She was supposed to return on July, 29th, 2011 but she never saw her daughter after July 17th.
"It was horrible. I had not clue that he was capable of doing something like that,” said Coy.
Six people took the stand in Sweat’s preliminary hearing.
Sweat’s aunt, Delinda Morrison, testified Sweat told her he stabbed Ashley in the stomach after he broke up with her. He said he used his pocket knife because he was afraid Ashley was going to hurt him. Morrison testified Sweat told her Ashley was unarmed.
His father, Pat “Curtis” Sweat testified he found a smoldering burn pile on his property on July 17th and confronted Sweat about hit. Mr. Sweat said his son told him he was roasting marshmallows and cooking hot dogs. The next day Mr. Sweat found the same burn pile smoldering and an engagement ring in the burn pile.
Sweat told his father it must have been part of the trash he was burning.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations detectives testified they found human remains and eyeglasses that are believed to be Ashley Taylor’s.
"He killed my daughter and tried to dispose of her before anyone could find out,” said Ashley’s father Michael Taylor.
OSBI lead investigator in the case, Kurt Titsworth, testified Sweat told him four different stories and admitted in one of them he killed Ashley.
When Sweat was first questioned he told investigators he and Ashley got in a fight and she jumped out of the car. He then changed his story and said they went to Nichols Park in Henryetta.
He told investigators they got in a fight; he threw a pocket knife at her and told her “why don’t you kill yourself”. Sweat told agents that Ashley grabbed the knife and walked out to the pier and cut herself and then he grabbed the knife and slit her throat.
On the stand, Titstworth testified Sweat was afraid of breaking up with Ashley because she might hurt herself. He also said Sweat mentioned being afraid that Ashley may say something about the Weleetka murders.
That’s been a suspected motive but the investigator, prosecutors and the defense wouldn’t elaborate.
"What is the truth? What did she know, what didn't she know? Did she suspect something, didn't she suspect something? Or is that Kevin trying to set up his excuse,” said Taylor.
Some of the questions the defense asked in court appeared they are trying to build a case Ashley was unstable or possibly suicidal.
"I know he did it, I know Kevin murdered my daughter,” said Coy.
An Okmulgee police officer who took the missing persons report and questioned Sweat also testified. Officer Lyndon Spears testified he found a clean bottle of bleach in Sweat’s apartment. He also found knives, machete, empty magazines, and a three to four foot axe in the trunk of his car.
The defense asked for the trial to be dismissed for several reasons including the medical examiner not being able to positively identify the human remains as Ashley.
The judge denied the request.
Sweat is scheduled to be arraigned on June 6th.
Sweat’s preliminary hearing is scheduled November 5th, 6th and 7th for the murders of best friend’s Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11.
The girls were shot to death on a rural road in Weleetka on June 8th, 2008.
Investigators say they found matching shell casings on Sweat’s father’s Weleetka property but they still have not found the gun.
Investigators are still looking for the .40 caliber Glock 22 handgun believed to be used in the killings.
The serial number is EKG463US and believed to have been sold at a Tulsa gun show in the spring of 2011.