TULSA, Okla. (AP) - 1 of 2 brothers accused in the shooting deaths of 4 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 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.
A 3-year-old boy was found unharmed in the apartment and taken into protective custody.
Police believe the women were killed because the Poores feared they could identify them.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.