MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 7, 2013

Tulsa brothers held in slayings of four

They’re tenants in apartment complex where women were killed


Associated Press

— TULSA (AP) – Two brothers arrested in a quadruple killing in Tulsa lived in the same run-down apartment complex as the four women who were found shot to death in early January, police said Wednesday.

Police arrested Cedric Poore, 39, and James Poore, 32, on suspicion of murder but did not disclose a motive for the killings. The brothers lived at the Fairmont Terrace apartment complex, where twin sisters Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 23; Misty Nunley, 33; and Julie Jackson, 55, were discovered dead Jan. 7, police said.

The killings, which investigators believe happened during daylight, brought attention to a troubled neighborhood in south Tulsa and raised concerns about whether residents were afraid to call in crime tips. City leaders formed a public safety group to study the issue.

Investigators have refused to explain how the women knew each other or how they knew the Poore brothers. A preliminary medical examiner’s report indicated all four women died of gunshot wounds to the head.

A 3-year-old boy was found unharmed in the apartment and was taken into protective custody.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said at a news conference Wednesday that the men would be formally charged after he presents the case file to prosecutors, hopefully by the end of the week. Jail records showed no lawyers listed for the men.

“These were horrific and tragic homicides,” said Jordan, who refused to answer a question as to the brothers’ possible motives for targeting the four women. “It’s been a very long and very strenuous investigation.”

In a statement late Wednesday, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said he was confident in Jordan and the Police Department. “I knew they would bring in those involved with this hideous quadruple murder in very short order,” Bartlett said.

Misty Nunley’s mother, Cheryl Nunley, wept aloud after she learned police had the suspects in custody. Wednesday would have been Misty Nunley’s 34th birthday.

“I’ve been praying I’d get good news, and this probably is the best news I could have gotten,” Cheryl Nunley told The Associated Press late Wednesday. “It’s just been so hard with her not here today. But knowing that they caught these men is a tremendous load off my mind.”

Nunley previously has said that her daughter had befriended Powell and had been staying with her off and on for about a week. She said her daughter had lost touch with her family but was trying to get her life back together.