Gruesome new details emerge in murders of two girls from Weleetka
OKLAHOMA CITY —
As the convicted killer is looking for a chance at a trial, newly filed court records are revealing even more disturbing details about the crimes he pled guilty to. Kevin Sweat pled guilty to the murders of his fiancé, Ashley Taylor, as well as Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker, two young girls from Weleetka. His plea did not include an admission of guilt, and now his attorneys are pointing to the original criminal profile of the Weleetka murder scene as proof of his innocence.
The profile, completed by internationally renowned criminologist Dr. Brent Turvey, does not rule out Sweat and was put together at the request of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The profile of the murders was done at a time when no one knew who killed the girls. The highlights of the profile include an anger motivation that had a sexual motivation. The anger, Turvey writes, is more directed at Taylor Placker.
The Turvey profile indicates the killer, or killers, had a low level of criminal skill and likely had a relationship of some sort with the victims. The killer would have had knowledge of guns. Based on court records in the case and internet posts by Sweat, both of these items fit with Sweat being involved.
More revealing, Dr. Turvey reports the girls were not murdered in the ditch where their bodies were found. The profile report indicates the girls were likely approached by at least two people, one of the killers struck Taylor across the face, probably with the butt of the gun. Turvey's analysis details each gunshot wound and indicates the trajectory of the bullets would have been impossible had the bodies not been moved. The report indicates one of gunshot wounds was under Taylor's shorts and the shorts were not damaged, indicating to Dr. Turvey the shorts were put on the little girl after her murder.
The court documents also include a number of psychological reports on Sweat. The reports seem to indicate Sweat is competent, but had a troubled childhood. The experts brought in by his team of court-appointed attorneys agree he presents himself well, but many point to concerns that he may have trouble accepting reality.
Those psychological examinations also help shed new insight on Sweat's correspondence with Fox 25's Phil Cross. Sweat wrote first in 2014 and again in 2015. In the second letter, which came after Sweat used a smuggled razor blade to attack one of his attorneys, he wrote "I had no intentions of killing Peter," referencing Peter Astor, one of his defense attorneys. Sweat's rambling six page letter went on to say he only wanted to get his attorneys to "confess" to what he saw as lies and misrepresentations. Sweat wrote he was going to demand "you [Fox 25's Phil Cross] be brought out with your camera to record Peter's 'confession' and post it all. I had a feeling it probably wouldn't have worked at all but if anything it showed I wasn't scared of a grown man."
Sweat is currently serving three, consecutive, life sentences. He argues he should be able to withdraw his guilty pleas because he did not fully understand the consequences of pleading guilty. He said he only pled guilty to be able to talk to federal investigators, a demand he contacted Fox 25 about a number of times before changing his plea. However, when the agents did not take his allegations seriously enough for him he told Fox 25 he was going to withdraw his guilty plea. In the hearing that determined he would not be allowed to do that, prosecutors said one of his allegations he made to agents was that the OSBI had replaced him with a body double for his interrogation and confession to the Weleetka murders.
The state has not yet issued a reply to Sweat's appeal and the court has not set any hearings. The OSBI has referred any questions about the investigation or if there is another person connected to the Weleetka murders to the Okfuskee County District Attorney's office. That office has said there is substantial evidence linking Sweat to the case and they are satisfied with the outcome of the case.