- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - An Okfuskee County judge on Friday denied convicted killer Kevin Sweat’s request to withdraw his guilty plea in the deaths of two girls and his fiancee.

“It was very short, very succinct,” District Attorney Max Cook said of the hearing and ruling by District Judge Lawrence Parish. “(Parish) said, in essence, ‘Your request is denied.’”

Parish sentenced Sweat a week ago to three life prison terms without parole after Sweat pleaded guilty in July to the shooting deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker in 2008 as the girls walked down a road near Weleetka in eastern Oklahoma. He also admitted to killing his fiancee, 23-year-old Ashley Taylor, in 2011.

Sweat testified Friday that he killed no one and that he entered the guilty pleas because he felt he had no choice and that his attorneys ignored evidence he suggested.

Sweat used a razor blade to attack and injure one of his defense attorneys in a room adjacent to the courtroom just before the sentencing.

His new defense attorney, Al Hoch, said an appeal of Friday’s ruling has been filed with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. He also said Sweat was quiet during and after the hearing.

“There really wasn’t any emotion from him or anything. He understood that this might happen,” Hoch said.

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