The Latest: Judge says enough evidence for teens to be tried

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Posted: Feb 23, 2016 7:03 PM
The Latest: Judge says enough evidence for teens to be tried

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the case of two Oklahoma brothers accused of fatally stabbing their parents and three siblings (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

A judge says there's enough evidence for two Oklahoma teenagers to stand trial on first-degree murder charges in the stabbings of their parents and three siblings.

Nineteen-year-old Robert Bever (BEH-vuhr) and 17-year-old Michael Bever have both pleaded not guilty in the July killings of their parents, David Bever and April Bever, and siblings 12-year-old Daniel Bever, 7-year-old Christopher Bever and 5-year-old Victoria Bever.

The bodies were discovered at the family's home in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow. Two siblings survived.

The judge on Tuesday also set a district court arraignment for Feb. 29.

Autopsy reports show the family members were stabbed dozens of times and died of multiple, sharp-force injuries. David Bever had at least 28 total wounds and April Bever had at least 48.

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5 p.m.

A detective has testified that one of two Oklahoma teenagers charged with fatally stabbing their parents and three siblings indicated that he and his brother wanted to outdo known killers and hoped for publicity.

Detective Rhianna Russell of the Broken Arrow Police Department testified during a hearing Tuesday that Michael Bever mentioned the Columbine school and Aurora movie theater killings in Colorado in particular.

Nineteen-year-old Robert Bever and 17-year-old Michael Bever have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Tuesday's hearing is for the judge to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial. Two siblings survived the rampage

Detective Eric Bentz testified that Robert Bever lamented that the plan didn't go as they were supposed to and "everyone didn't die like they were supposed to."

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3:35 p.m.

A detective says an Oklahoma teenager occasionally laughed while confessing that he and his brother repeatedly stabbed their parents and siblings, and planned to make videos of the scene before shooting other people.

Broken Arrow Police Detective Eric Bentz testified during a hearing Tuesday that Robert Bever seemed "mildly excited" to discuss the July attack at the family's home in the Tulsa suburb.

Bentz says Bever explained how he and his 17-year-old brother, Michael, planned to kill their family, stuff their bodies into bins, make a video showing the bodies and put the bins in the attic.

Bever told the detective they then planned to take the family vehicle, along with guns and ammunition, to randomly attack other locations and kill 10 people at each place.

Prosecutors say their father was stabbed 28 times and their mother had at least 48 wounds. Three of their siblings also were killed.

Prosecutors plan to call a teenage sister who survived the attack to testify at the hearing.

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6:40 a.m.

Two Oklahoma teenagers are due in court to face accusations they stabbed their parents and three siblings to death in a rampage last summer.

Nineteen-year-old Robert Bever (BEH-vuhr) and 17-year-old Michael Bever have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Tuesday's hearing is for the judge to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

Prosecutors say the brothers planned the attack at the family's home in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow. Their father was stabbed 28 times and their mother had at least 48 wounds. Prosecutors plan to call a teenage sister who survived the attack to testify at the hearing.

A judge rejected Michael Bever's request to be tried as a juvenile.