Adult charge for teen in slay­ings

SundayXtra - - WORLD - By Justin Juozapavicius

TULSA, Okla. — An Ok­la­homa 16-year- old will be charged as an adult along­side his older brother in the stab­bing deaths of his par­ents and three sib­lings, author­i­ties said Satur­day.

The sus­pect will face the same counts as his 18-year- old brother, Robert Bever, who is ac­cused in a book­ing doc­u­ment of five counts of first-de­gree mur­der and a count of ag­gra­vated as­sault in the Wed­nes­day-night at­tack.

Po­lice have not re­leased the 16-yearold’s name, but Tulsa County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Steve Kun­zweiler con­firmed Satur­day both sib­lings have been booked on first-de­gree mur­der com­plaints. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear in jail records when ei­ther sib­ling is due in court.

Trial as an adult means the 16-yearold could get a max­i­mum sen­tence of life in prison or life in prison with­out pa­role if he’s con­victed of first- de­gree mur­der, Kun­zweiler said. While the death penalty is le­gal in Ok­la­homa, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 banned the ex­e­cu­tion of any­one un­der the age of 18 at the time a crime was com­mit­ted.

The broth­ers are ac­cused of fa­tally stab­bing their par­ents, two broth­ers and a sis­ter. An uniden­ti­fied 13-yearold sis­ter was in se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion in a hos­pi­tal, and an un­named two-year- old sis­ter wasn’t harmed and was placed in state cus­tody.

De­tec­tives con­tin­ued to search for a mo­tive, scour­ing so­cial-media sites be­lieved to be­long to Robert Bever in hopes of find­ing clues. Cpl. Leon Cal­houn, a spokesman for the depart­ment, said both sib­lings were co- op­er­at­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tors.


Robert Bever: same charges as brother

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