TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- Michael and Robert Bever face murder charges
- They are accused of killing their parents and several siblings in 2015
- Michael Bever's attorneys moved to have the charges against him dropped
- That motion was denied.
- Robert Bever pleaded guilty
One of the brothers accused of killing 5 of his family members has pleaded guilty to the charges against him.
Michael and Robert Bever were on the court schedule for arraignment at 1:30 p.m.
During that arraignment, Robert took the stand and pleaded guilty to the charges in exchange for District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler’s agreement not to seek the death penalty against him.
He faces life without parole on five murder counts and life in prison on an assault count.
Kunzeiler said the decision to agree to a plea deal was hard. His office released a statement Wednesday:
“Ultimately the single most important factor in my decision to resolve this case centered upon the needs of the surviving two children who lost everything in their lives. Those children deserve to be able to move on with their lives as best as they can without the continued torment of a trial and decades of appeals that a death penalty case would most likely bring. While I believe that Robert Bever deserves the death penalty for his savage actions,
I feared that a death penalty prosecution would result in his teen-age sister being forced to recount and relive the brutal details of the carnage that her brothers wrought again and again.
The toddler sister, who mercifully was asleep and did not witness the horror, would grow up learning details of the carnage in repeated court hearings that could easily stretch into her teen years or beyond.
“On July 22, 2015 I was summoned to the Bever residence by the Broken Arrow Police Department,” Kunzweiler said. “I will never forget that day. It is seared into my memory.
I will not presume to know how or why people choose to do the things they do which bring harm to innocent lives.
“Ultimately, the decision on how to proceed with this case rests upon my shoulders and I take responsibility for the decisions that I make."
“The surviving teen-aged child requested that I make sure that Robert Bever never gets out of prison," Kunzweiler added.
“His plea and sentence guarantees that he will spend the rest of his days left to his demons behind the walls of a penitentiary where he will never draw a breath of free air again. My request is that you pray for these surviving children – that God will protect them from further harm, and will bless them with peace of mind and strength of character.”
Michael Bever's attorney filed a motion to have the charges against him dropped. They argue Michael is not being protected as a youthful offender.
A judge denied the attorney's motion and entered a not guilty plea for Bever after the younger brother did not respond.
A trial is set for June 5.
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Their older sister survived and their younger sister was not harmed in the attack.
Each brother faces five counts of first degree murder as well as assault and battery with intent to kill.
Robert Bever is set to spend 10 days in the Tulsa County Jail.
During those 10 days, he may withdraw his plea.
Afterward, he will spend up to two weeks at the Lexington Reception Facility.
An evaluation will decide where he will spend the rest of his life.
There are four maximum security facilities in Oklahoma.
Bever will likely spend his time in one of those facilities, unless the evaluation shows that he needs to be sent elsewhere.
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