Homicide

Attorneys ask for charge dismissal in Oklahoma stabbings

Attorneys for one of two Oklahoma teenage brothers charged in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings have asked for the charges to be dismissed.

Attorneys for 19-year-old Robert Bever (BEH'-ver) filed several motions Friday, including one for a dismissal of charges, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1ObP6nn ) reports. Attorneys Cheryl Ramsey and Mark Henricksen said the information detailing the allegations against their client are "vague, indefinite and fails to apprise (Robert Bever) with such reasonable certainty that he can make his defense."

Robert Bever and his 17-year-old brother, Michael Bever, have been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the July stabbing of their parents, David and April Bever, their 12- and 7-year-old brothers Daniel and Christopher, and 5-year-old sister Victoria. Two family members survived the attack.

The brothers have also been charged with one count of assault and battery with intent to kill in the stabbing of their 13-year-old sister.

Motions were also filed by defense attorneys to limit displays of emotion in the courtroom, including prohibiting spectators from wearing "grief buttons."

Attorneys have also asked the judge in the case to hold a hearing to determine whether any and all statements made by Robert Bever to police were voluntary.

The District Attorney's Office hasn't said whether it will pursue the death sentence for Robert Bever.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com