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Murderer exchanged waiver of trial for no death penalty


A man accused of fatally shooting two Oklahoma girls then killing his fiancee no longer faces the death penalty after he agreed to waive his right to a jury trial.


Kevin Sweat is charged with three counts of first-degree murder. He's accused in the 2008 deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker in Weleetka, and the 2011 slaying of his fiancee, Ashley Taylor.


Defense attorney Peter Astor tells the Tulsa World (


http://bit.ly/1jQTa7H


) that Sweat on Thursday waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty.


A judge will determine his fate at an Aug. 4 trial.


If Sweat is convicted of first-degree murder, he faces life in prison, either with or without the possibility of parole.

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