• Bever Trial: Jury views crime scene photos


    Story Highlights

    • The trial for a Broken Arrow teen charged with killing five family members in 2015 began Monday.
    • Michael Bever is accused in those murders. He was 16 at the time.
    • His older brother, Robert Bever, has already been convicted and is serving a life sentence in prison.
    • The jury pool included 100 people, and it is the largest in recent history in Tulsa County.
    • FOX23 will be at the courthouse with updates throughout the trial.

    TULSA, Okla. - The following are updates from the trial of Michael Bever. The most recent developments are at the top:


    On Thursday, April 26, the judge ruled that jurors will not see more than 100 photos from the medical examiners' autopsy of the victims. The judge said the photos would simply "inflame" the jury. However, the jury will see nearly 200 images from the scene of the Bever family home. 

    FOX23 Tiffany Alaniz says the family can be seen in many of the images. 

    The crime scene detective who processed the scene took the stand Thursday; that detective will likely testify the entire day. 

    Wednesday - Nurse, investigator testify

    On Wednesday, April 25, the nurse who treated the surviving Bever sister took the stand. An investigator who took Robert and Michael Bever to the hospital after being apprehended also testified.

    The nurse told the court that the sister wrote notes asking about her family as soon as she woke up from surgery. She had a breathing tube in her neck and could not speak.

    The investigator recalled hearing Michael say, "I guess I got a little bit crazy and my family is dead."

    The judge also made a ruling about how any pictures the jurors can see during the trial. The decision was not made available to us.

    Crime scene investigators are expected to testify Wednesday afternoon. FOX23 will update this story as we learn more from the courtroom.

    Tuesday – Witness testimony and questions about pictures

    Witness testimony continued Tuesday in the trial of a Broken Arrow teen accused of killing five members of his family in July 2015.

    Michael Bever is currently on trial for the killings. His brother, Robert, is serving a life sentence.

    Tuesday, the judge released the jury for the day as attorneys argued which pictures the jury should be allowed to see.

    Detectives described finding finding the victims from the killing Monday.

    Friday, April 20:

    Friday, both sides gave open statements.

    FOX23's Tiffany Alaniz was at the courthouse and gave updates during a recess Friday on Facebook live:

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    Thursday in the trial, attorneys played the 911 call from the house on the night of the murders. They also had one surviving sister testify from a closed-circuit area.

    She could not see Bever, and he could not see her. The back of the screen faced him.

    Robert Bever was brought back to the Tulsa County Jail so that he could be brought in to testify if needed.

    VIDEO: Surviving Bever sister testifies in brother's murder trial

    FOX23 will follow continue to follow the trial. Sign for free FOX23 Newsletters and download the FOX23 News app for updates sent straight to you.

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