Jury selection begins for younger Bever brother in family's 2015 murder

Michael Bever (KTUL/File)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Jury selection began Monday for Michael Bever, the younger of two brothers accused of brutally murdering their family members in 2015.

Bever, who was 16 at the time, is charged with killing his parents and three siblings at their Broken Arrow home. One of his sisters survived the attack and could testify against him.

District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in court Monday that the girl recently shared new information about the attacks, including that her brothers were obsessed with serial killers and once asked her if she wanted to help plan the slayings. Kunzweiler said it's common for victims to forget details about their trauma and remember them months and even years later.

The DA, who spoke with the girl last week while preparing for trial, said she also recalled hearing her mother screaming as she ran from the home.

Bever's older brother, Robert, pleaded guilty to the murders and is serving life in prison.

Bever waived his right to an appearance Monday during the start of jury selection but is expected to be in the courtroom Tuesday.

One hundred potential jurors completed a questionnaire. Two were excused, one for a felony conviction and another for a language barrier. The remaining 98 potential jurors will report back to the courthouse Tuesday.

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