TULSA, Okla. – One of two brothers accused in the shooting deaths of four women at a crime-plagued Tulsa apartment complex has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Special Judge Charles Hogshead entered the plea Friday on behalf of 39-year-old Cedric Poore and set his preliminary hearing for April 2, when his 32-year-old brother James Poore will appear in court.
The brothers are accused in the Jan. 7 shootings of 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson.
Police say they lived in the same apartment complex as their four victims, who were discovered bound and shot in the head.
A 3-year-old boy was found unharmed in the apartment and taken into protective custody.
Police believe the women were killed because the Poores feared they could identify them.