TULSA, Oklahoma — A Tulsa judge could decide several motions Tuesday for one of two brothers accused of fatally shooting four women in January, including whether to grant the men separate trials.
Cedric and James Poore both have pleaded not guilty to killing 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson. They are being represented by different attorneys.
Prosecutors say the brothers robbed the women and then shot them out of fear of being recognized.
The women were discovered around midday in a back bedroom of Powell's apartment on Jan. 7. All four had their hands tied behind their backs with blue or pink fabric and gunshots to the head.
The attorneys representing the Poores have argued that the state built a flimsy case on unreliable witnesses who admittedly used drugs and cut deals with prosecutors and want the chance to call their own witnesses to prove it.
The Poores are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 21 after a preliminary hearing judge ruled in September that prosecutors presented enough evidence for the men to stand trial on first-degree murder charges.
The shootings occurred in a troubled part of south Tulsa that has been plagued by blight and crime.