• Forensics expert shares insight in Broken Arrow homicides

    By: Tiffany Alaniz


    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • Police responded to open line 911 call Wednesday night, think the 12 or 7-year old victim called before dying
    • They found April and David Bever and three of their children dead in the home, a 13-year-old girl found alive, 2-year-old girl unharmed 
    • Robert Bever, 18, and 16-year-old brother Michael suspected in the death of their parents and siblings
    • Police said no criminal history at the house before
    • Brothers had no juvenile records in Tulsa County 

    A neighbor of the Bever family told FOX23 they were normal neighbors. 

    Matt Jacobsen and his wife lived across the street from the family. They talked to FOX23 off camera about their memories of the family.

    READ MORE: Coverage of Broken Arrow killings

    David and April Bever and three of their children ages 12, 7 and 5, were found dead in their Broken Arrow home late Wednesday night. Their two sons, 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael are suspected in the deaths. 

    Jacobsen said April Bever was a 'mother hen' and loved her children very much. He said they were both very involved and friendly. He said they often chatted with April and she helped them celebrate the birth of their child last year and their children played together.He even said he helped one of the Bever children with their lawn mower just last week. 

    He said the only unusual thing is that the family didn't spend a lot of time outside, despite having a pool and playground toys in their yard. He described the suspected killer, Robert, by saying he 'craved attention.' 

    FOX23's Tiffany Alaniz went to Oklahoma City to talk to a world renowned expert in forensics for some insight in this kind of case.

    Tom Bevel served as a crime scene consultant in over 46 states and nine countries. He told FOX23 that in cases where two people are accused of working together, it’s rare that it happened spur of the moment.  More than likely some preplanning happened. He also said in the vast majority of cases where children kill their parents, the kids are under the age of 21. 

    He said, “you really can’t crawl into another person’s mind, especially a person who may not be thinking with rational thoughts which this isn’t rational to kill your family.” 

    He said stabbing is a more personal method to kill someone than shooting someone. He also said the surviving victim could be an asset to help police learn more about the case, but admitted there may never be a reason why given.

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    He said investigators will search computeres, online chats, social media and other resources to look for anyone they may have shared their plans with. 

    SEE MORE: Video coverage of Broken Arrow killings 

    A family friend from out of state told FOX23, “They were a very loving family. It’s as much of a shock to me as it is to everyone else. I never would’ve thought that would’ve happen to them -  ever.”

    Robert Bever and his brother are scheduled to be transported from the Broken Arrow Jail to the Tulsa County Jail on Friday. 

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