Poore brothers to go to trial in Fairmont Terrace killings

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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 3:03 pm | Updated: 3:20 pm, Fri Sep 13, 2013.

Brothers Cedric Poore, 39, and James Poore, 32, will each stand trial on four counts of first-degree murder on allegations they shot four women, including two former Wagoner area residents, at the Fairmont Terrace on Jan. 7.

On Friday, Sept. 13, Tulsa County Special Judge Stephen Clark ruled there was sufficient evidence to proceed with the case. The Poores are scheduled for district court arraignment on Monday, Sept. 23.

Testimony was heard last week in the case, which had been continued since July.

Twin sisters Rebeika Powell, 23, and Kayetie Powell Melchor, 23, were living in an apartment at Fairmont with their friend, Misty Nunley, 33, on Jan. 7, when they were bound and shot execution style in the back of the heads along with a neighbor, Julie Jackson, 55.

Powell’s 3-year-old son was at the residence but was unharmed. Authorities allege that robbery was the motivation behind the slaying as the Poore brothers also face additional charges of armed robbery.

Powell and Melchor had attended Wagoner High School in 2008. Days after their killings, friends held a ceremony in Maple Park in the freezing rain to remember them and release balloons.

They also commented to the Wagoner Tribune that Powell and Melchor were in the process of moving out of the apartment and Jan. 8 was going to be their last day there. Tulsa Police, who investigated the case, couldn’t confirm if that was true.

It is not known at this time if Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris plans to seek the death penalty in the case.

Both of the brothers have prior criminal convictions.

Cedric was sentenced to 35 years in prison for a 1995 robbery in which two victims at a Tulsa club were bound and cash stolen from the from the business.

James pled guilty in 2001 to four Tulsa convenience store robberies and was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 5 years suspended sentence.

In an unrelated incident from Jan. 5,  James has also been charged with shooting with intent to kill and armed robbery.

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