Mur­derer loses ap­peal of as­sault con­vic­tion

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - WORLD -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — An Ok­la­homa man serv­ing three life prison terms in the mur­ders of two girls and his fi­ancee has lost an ap­peal of his con­vic­tion on a sep­a­rate as­sault charge. Kevin Sweat at­tacked his at­tor­ney, Peter As­tor, with a ra­zor blade in 2014 as he ar­rived at court to be sen­tenced for killing 11-year-old Skyla Whi­taker, 13-year-old Tay­lor Paschal-Placker and 23-year-old Ash­ley Tay­lor. Sweat pleaded guilty to the mur­ders in ex­change for pros­e­cu­tors not seek­ing the death penalty. The Ok­la­homa Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peals on Thurs­day de­nied Sweat’s ap­peal in the at­tack on As­tor. Sweat had ar­gued there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence and that the judge should have re­cused. A spokes­woman for the state at­tor­ney gen­eral said it isn’t clear how Sweat ob­tained the ra­zor blade.

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