Fox 25 Exclusive: Accused murder offers deal to federal investigators
A man accused of three brutal murders says he can help solve other crimes, but there's a catch. Kevin Sweat tells Fox 25 he wants an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to listen to his concerns about the investigation into his alleged crimes first.
In exclusive communication with Fox 25 Sweat says he has evidence that will lead to "federal indictments" and help the FBI solve other federal crimes.
Sweat asked Fox 25 to contact the FBI with his promise of information and his concerns the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation failed to properly investigation the Weleetka murders of Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker.
Sweat is charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he killed Placker and Whitaker in 2008 as well as his fiancé, Ashley Taylor, in 2011. In court Monday prosecutors announced they amended the charges against Sweat, removing two additional counts of shooting with the intent to kill from the Weleetka case.
The triple murder trial is set to begin in two weeks, but Sweat will not face a jury. He waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for prosecutors dropping the death penalty as a punishment option. A judge will now hear the evidence against him. That deal with prosecutors came after Sweat first told Fox 25 he had evidence the FBI would be interested in.
"My first impression is you've got someone who is extremely narcissistic, who is obsessing over his case and obsessing over ways he can get out of the trouble he's in," Dr. Shawna Cleary, a criminology professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, told Fox 25 in May after Sweat's first contact with Investigative Reporter Phil Cross.
Fox 25 has confirmed prosecutors are listening to Sweat's calls. Prosecutors say they've forwarded information about his claims to Fox 25, but couldn't speculate what crimes he might be referencing.
At his final pre-trial hearing, Sweat said the FBI has not contacted him yet. In court he told the judge he had "grown attached" to the body armor he's worn for his own protection to court hearings. The judge agreed to allow him to wear it, along with civilian clothes, to his trial. The judge in the case said Sweat could remain unshackled, but will remain under tight security, in part, for his own protection.
Sweat has offered few details to Fox 25 about the information he claims to have knowledge of, or if he is directly connected to additional crimes.
The OSBI says it won't comment on Sweat's new claims. Agents will have things to say about Sweat at his trial where they will present the evidence that investigators say ties Sweat to the three murders.