Suspected secrets in Weleetka murders

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Updated: 11/07/2011 9:59 pm Published: 11/04/2011 6:43 pm

Three long years and the murders of two young girls in Okfuskee County remain unsolved.

However, one family believes a separate murder case may be the clue investigators need to solve Skyla Whitaker, 11, and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker’s murders.

When the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations released information about the search for the gun used in the Weleetka murders, information about another murdered girl, Ashley Taylor, 23 of Okmulgee surfaced.

Her boyfriend Kevin Sweat, 25, is the prime suspect.

FOX23’s sister station in Oklahoma City, KOKH, broke this story on Monday, now FOX23

News sits down with both sides of Ashley’s family.

Their story is their perspective on who they believe killed their daughter to keep her quiet about Skyla and Taylor’s murders.

Around July 15th, Ashley Taylor’s family thought she would come back from New Orleans married to Kevin Sweat.

Her family says she adored her boyfriend of four years.

"He wouldn't hurt anyone but I guess that's not true,” says Ashley’s mother Trisha Taylor.

Sweat was home but Ashley was gone.

"I picture her walking through that door everyday,” says Trisha.

Her mother says Ashley talked about the Weleetka girls investigation and Sweat, two years prior to her daughter’s disappearance.

"Investigators came over and questioned him about the gun but he also questioned about other people,” says Trisha.

So when the family cornered Sweat at their apartment they demanded answers.

"’You probably did something to my cousin Ashley and the Weleetka girls, and something to your brother too.' He said 'I didn't kill my brother,'” says Raquel Coy.

Her cousin says he didn’t say anything about Ashley, Taylor or Skyla.
Soonafter Ashley's father then arrived at the apartment and asked about Ashley.

"I suppose I am going to get blamed for this like I did the two Weleetka girls,” says Mike Taylor. “I looked him right in the face and accused him of killing those girls and killing my daughter and I said I am going to OSBI,” says Taylor.

Mr. Taylor says what Sweat said next felt like he knocked the air out of his lungs.

"He begged me to kill him, he begged me to kill him," says Taylor.

Then it call came together for the Taylor family.

"He is sick, he is a sick individual,” says Coy.

Ashley’s father remembers around the time Taylor and Skyla were murdered in June, 2008,
OSBI sent a letter to all .40 caliber 22 gun owners.

Taylor says he now remembers when he first Sweat he talked about owning a .40 caliber glock.

"I asked him if received his letter, he said ‘no he didn't get one because his was a 9mm,’” says Taylor.

Her father says he didn’t think anything about it until the night they knew Ashley was missing.

"’So what did you do with your gun?’ asked Taylor, ‘What, gun my Glock 40?" responded Sweat.

Mr. Taylor says Sweat told him OSBI agents interviewed him and they collected DNA.

Family have now learned of blogs and online dating profiles that talk about his planned
“freedom” would be around the same time Ashley went missing.

Pictures of him with guns and bloody pacifiers and roses are also pictured online.

"They probably knew more about Kevin than what they are telling us now,” says Taylor.

Her mother says she was the big sister to her younger brother and sister who are mentally challenged and always took care of them.

"I just love her and miss her and I wish that she were here,” says Trish Taylor.

Sweat is being held on First-Degree Murder charges for Ashley’s death.

She was found burned in a pile of ashes outside his father’s house in Weleetka.

Sweat’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 13th at 1:30 n Okfuskee County.

Sweat’s attorney L. Wayne Woodward says his client is only charged in connection to
Ashley’s murder and is only based on accusations. He says he will not try this case in the media and only in court.

Mr. Taylor says he’s been interviewed by OSBI agents and they tell him they do not believe Ashley was involved in the Weleetka murders.

A spokesperson for the OSBI says they continue to follow any leads and any suspect involved in a violent crime in that area.

A gun dealer who doesn’t want to be identified told KOKH, OSBI contacted him about a .40 caliber Glock gun with the same serial number state agents are Agents are still searching for the murder weapon, it’s a .40 caliber Glock 22 with serial # EKG463US.

OSBI believes that weapon may have been sold at a gun show back in March.

If you have any information call 1-800-522-8017

Ashley would turn 24 on Tuesday, November 8th.

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mizzj0512 - 11/5/2011 12:48 PM
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I agree. I had to read and reread some of this. Poor editing.

ReadingWriter - 11/5/2011 11:57 AM
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For such an important story that many of us have waited to hear updates on, this is horrible journalism. You people don't edit or proofread? Some of this story was unintelligible. You want to be credible news? Write accurately.
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