MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

September 13, 2013

Police officers testify about Tulsa slayings


Associated Press

— TULSA (AP) — Police found four women who were robbed and killed at a run-down apartment complex in January with their hands bound behind their backs and gunshot wounds to the head, a Tulsa police detective testified Thursday in district court.

Det. Mark Robinson, a nearly 30-year veteran, testified that 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson were found dead in a back bedroom of Powell’s apartment on Jan. 7. He told the court that each of the women had their hands bound behind their backs with pink or blue fabric and had their pockets turned inside out, as if “somebody had reached in there and pulled stuff out,” he said.

Prosecutors began calling police officers who worked the grisly crime scene to the stand Thursday in an effort to finish presenting evidence in the preliminary hearing for Cedric Poore and James Poore. The brothers are accused of robbing the four women, then shooting them out of fear of being recognized by their victims.

Both brothers have pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charges and are being represented by separate attorneys.

Officer Robert Biskup was first to arrive in the run-down south Tulsa neighborhood. Biskup, who has been a police officer for 25 years, testified he discovered the bodies in the back bedroom and that “two people were face-down on the bed and two were lying on the floor.”

“We had no movement or sound from any of the victims,” Biskup said.

Robinson described the positioning of the women’s bodies, bullet wounds and what the overall crime scene looked like. He also testified that police recovered many .40-caliber shell casings in the bedroom, a nearby bathroom and in the apartment’s hallway.

Thursday was the sixth day of testimony in the preliminary hearing.