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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Two Black Brothers Arrested For Murder Of Four White Women

The Tulsa Police Department announced they made two arrests in the quadruple murders of four women in January.

"These arrests came with excessive interviews and re-interviews," said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan.

Police say evidence led them to brothers Cedric Poore, 39, and James Poore, 32.  Cedric Poore was in jail on unrelated charges, James Poore was arrested on Wednesday morning. Police say the brothers lived in the same apartment complex as the victims: Fairmont Terrace near 61st and Peoria.

23-year-old Rebeika Powell, her twin sister Kayetie Melchor, Julie Jackson and Misty Nunley were found shot to death in an apartment at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments on January 7th. Rebeika Powell's little boy was found inside the apartment unharmed.  On January 29th, Deputy Police Chief Dennis Larsen told FOX23 charges would be filed in the case soon.

"It's a relief," said Jackson's daughter Demetria Jackson.

Police say the homicides were not gang related.  However, an arrest report for James Poore states that investigators spoke with several witnesses who said James Poore, who is known as JP, and his brother Cedric, were seen inside the victims' apartment. 

Witnesses also said Cedric Poore owned a .40 caliber semi automatic pistol.  Witnesses told detectives the pair told witnesses they were going to rob the victims, then 20 minutes later, returned to another apartment in the Fairmont Terrace complex.

The arrest report says James Poore knew one of the twins, and witnesses said he told them he shot her because she could identify him.  Witnesses say James Poore told them his brother Cedric shot the other three victims. 

"They took away something that we had and she was ours," said Jackson's sister Sheila Stretch.

Witnesses told investigators that after the murders, the suspects pulled loot taken from the victims' apartment out of a shoulder bag, including drugs wrapped in plastic, money and jewelry.  Witnesses told investigators that both suspects divided up the money and that Cedric Poole took the jewelry to pawn.

"If it came down to a little drugs there is no life worth that," said Jackson's brother Clifford West.

The arrest report says Tulsa police linked shell casings found at a North Tulsa home to the crime scene.  In an interview, James Poore told police he was in the victims' apartment prior to the murders, along with his brother, Cedric.  James Poore told investigators he knew one of the twins, and claimed he knew that she used or sold drugs.  Cedric Poore denied being in the apartment on the day of the murders and remained silent for the remainder of the interview.

Both brothers have criminal histories.  James Poore pleaded guilty to robbery in 2001, and served more than ten years.  He was released in December of 2011.   Cedric Poore was sentenced to serve time for the robbery of a strip club in 1995 and was released from prison in March of 2011.  Both men were on probation.  Oklahoma Department of Corrections lists an alias for Cedric Poore, "Insane" Poore.

The police chief says he hopes this apartment complex will do a better job at screening tenants and do tougher background checks.

The City of Tulsa says the quadruple murder has prompted city leaders and police to focus crimefighting efforts on the 61st and Peoria area, which has seen an increasing level of violent crime and property crime.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett released the following statement about the arrests in this case.

“The Tulsa Police Department is known for their quick efforts of finding perpetrators and they indeed lived up to their stellar reputation for this case. I have the utmost confidence in Chief Chuck Jordan and the Tulsa Police Department and I knew they would bring in those involved with this hideous quadruple murder in very short order. Although a direct tip from the public cannot be identified as the catalyst that led to the arrests, tips are always important, which is part of great police work from our force.”

“We can now get to the essence of this issue and that is much bigger than crime, it’s about poverty. We’re moving forward on our mission to establish a method to hold out-of-state apartment owners accountable for safe, secure and peaceful places to live. We continue to look down every possible avenue on how we can improve our city.”

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