Witness: Man confessed role in Tulsa murders
James and Cedric Poore
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - One of two brothers accused of killing four women in a robbery gone bad confessed to several people he lived with the day the victims were found dead, a witness testified in Tulsa district court on Wednesday.
Logan Ahmed, 17, testified that James Poore told him and several others that he and his brother, Cedric Poore, had to shoot the four women, who lived in the same apartment complex, because they recognized him.
"He told us they went over and tried to rob them, then (the women) started to say his name, `J.P., why are you doing this? J.P., why are you doing this?'" said Ahmed, who had been staying at the apartment with James Poore's girlfriend because he was temporarily homeless.
"(James) said he shot two of them and his brother shot the other two," Ahmed said.
Ahmed also said James Poore threatened the group, saying they were the "only people who knew" how the murders happened, and saying that "he'd do the same thing to us as he did to them."
"We were scared for our lives," said Ahmed, who eventually told police what he saw about three weeks after the crime. It was an eyewitness account that helped break the case open, prosecutors said.
Cedric Poore and James Poore are accused of robbing 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson on Jan. 7, then shooting them to death.
James and Cedric Poore have both pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killings and are being represented by four different attorneys.
Earlier this week, James Poore's girlfriend, Jamila Jones, 21, testified for the state that she had tipped James off to jewelry, drugs and money inside Powell's apartment. Jones had taken in Ahmed temporarily.
During cross-examination, Kathy Fry, James Poore's defense attorney, questioned Ahmed's drug use and recollection of events he testified about Wednesday. He told her he had smoked marijuana on Jan. 5-7.
"Your story's different today than it was before," Fry said.
"I'm confused," Ahmed replied.
"Were you told to change something?"
"Were you told to add something?"
Testimony in the preliminary hearing that will determine whether there's enough evidence to hold a trial has moved slowly.
Prosecutors told the court before Wednesday's testimony that they would likely not be finished presenting their case until Thursday.