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Oklahoma Man Co-Accused in 4 Deaths Pleads Not Guilty
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- One of two brothers accused in the shooting deaths of four women at a crime-plagued Tulsa apartment complex has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Special Judge Charles Hogshead entered the plea Friday on behalf of 39-year-old Cedric Poore and set his preliminary hearing for April 2, when his 32-year-old brother James Poore will appear in court.
The brothers are accused of first degree murder and armed robbery in the Jan. 7 shootings of 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson.
Police say they lived in the same apartment complex as their four victims, who were discovered bound and shot in the head.
Police believe the brothers robbed the women then killed them because they feared they would be identified.
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Posted: Friday, March 1 2013, 07:04 PM CST
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Oklahoma lawmakers plan $45 million tornado relief
May 21, 2013 22:12 GMT
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma lawmakers have begun the process of appropriating millions of dollars in emergency funds to help pay the cost of recovering from tornadoes that have ravaged parts of central Oklahoma.
Separate committees of the House and Senate on Tuesday approved a plan to appropriate $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Constitutional Reserve Fund. The money will go to the State Emergency Fund to help recover from a massive tornado that struck Moore on Monday, killing at least 24 people. A separate tornado on Sunday left two dead in Shawnee.
Republican Sen. Clark Jolley of Edmond says the money will help the Department of Emergency Management match disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or to pay costs not covered by federal dollars.
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