|| Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Public Information Director
12/09/11 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Officials File Charges in Weleetka Murder Case
First Degree Murder charges were filed Friday afternoon by District Attorney Max Cook against 25-year-old Kevin Sweat for the June 2008 murders of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker. The friends were shot multiple times as they played close to Placker’s home near Weleetka.
The OSBI has identified one of two weapons used in the murder as a .40 Glock model 22 with serial number EKG463US. Sweat may have tried to sell that gun at a gun show in Tulsa this March. The OSBI is offering up to a $5,000 reward for that firearm.
Investigators are releasing two photographs of Sweat, who is from Henryetta. One is the booking photo taken when he was arrested and subsequently charged with the murder of Ashley Taylor, his girlfriend. The other photo was taken around the time of the Weleetka murders.
Since this case has been handed to the District Attorney for prosecution, the OSBI will no longer provide information unless directed by the District Attorney.
The OSBI appreciates the work of many law enforcement officials across the State and on a federal level. Those agencies include the Okfuskee and Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office, Weleetka, Henryetta, Okemah, and Okmulgee Police Departments, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, several Narcotics Task Forces, the ATF, U.S. Marshal’s Service, and the FBI.
The OSBI also deeply appreciates the patience practiced by the families of Taylor and Skyla. Due to the immense amount of leads worked in this case, OSBI dedicated an unprecedented amount of manpower on this case. To families of other homicide victims, the OSBI vows to work equally hard on your loved one’s case.
The OSBI continues to urge anyone with information about this case to call 1-800-522-8017. A sizeable reward remains in place for such information.