A preliminary hearing is underway for the two brothers accused in the shooting death of four women at a Tulsa apartment in January.Monday morning, the state began presenting witnesses in the case against Cedric and James Poore, a process the judge said he anticipates to last through the middle of the week.Cedric's daughter, Quashaun Poore, took the stand as the state's first witness, wrapping up her testimony Monday afternoon. Quashaun testified that her uncle James admitted to committing the murders in a private conversation with her.Investigators believe the brothers robbed the women and then killed them because they feared they would be identified.The bodies of twin sisters Rebeika Powell, 23, and Kayetie Melchor, 23, were found dead along with 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 56-year old Julie Jackson at the Fairmont Terrace Apartment complex near East 61st Street and South Peoria Avenue in January.Following Quashaun Poore, the state's next witness was Rebeika Powell's neighbor, Laura Moore.Moore testified about finding the bodies in the apartment after she had called Powell. Moore had seen Powell's 3-year-old son riding his bike outside and had called her.Moore broke down after seeing photos of the bodies and she struggled to speak. After a brief recess around 3 p.m., Moore testified that she did not know drugs were being sold out of the apartment. She stated that she never considered herself to be a friend of Powell's, but knew her because their sons played together.James Poore, 32, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, three counts of robbery with a firearm and one count of shooting with intent to kill. Cedric Poore, 39, is also charged with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm.Both have pleaded not guilty.Stay with KTUL.com for the latest developments throughout the day.
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