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Trial Delayed for Second Brother in Broken Arrow Quintuple Murder

29-May-2017

Shortly before midnight on July 22, 2015, police in Broken Arrow received a harrowing phone call as a child said his brother was attacking the family before the line went dead.

Police arrived at the Broken Arrow home to find a grisly scene. A 13-year-old girl lay seriously injured. Her father, mother, two brothers, and a sister were dead, savagely stabbed to death. The murdered victims included:

  • David Bever, 52 
  • April Bever, 44 
  • Daniel Bever, 12 
  • Christopher Bever, 7 
  • Victoria Bever, 5 

Each was killed by multiple stab wounds: the youngest victim was stabbed 18 times, her mother stabbed 48 times.

A two-year-old sister upstairs was unharmed; the two oldest brothers were missing.

Police found the oldest brothers, Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16, hiding behind the home. The teens were arrested for killing five family members and attempting to kill a sixth (the 13-year-old girl survived her critical injuries). It was later determined that the toddler was left unharmed only because 12-year-old Daniel Bever's phone call to police interrupted the killing spree of his two older brothers.

Reports say Robert Bever told authorities that he had been plotting to kill his family since he was 13 years old. He said he had planned to cut off his two-year-old sister's head with an axe before the plan was interrupted. After killing the entire family, he and his brother were going to steal the family car and drive to several busy areas, where he planned to kill at least five people in every place.

Last year, Robert Bever pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

When Michael Bever stood mute when a judge asked for his plea, the judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf. 

Trial was set to begin on June 5--only a week away. However, the date has now been delayed after his defense attorney says that he has an expert report stating that the defendant is legally insane. According to the psychiatrist's report, Michael Bever was so far under the influence of his older brother that he was incapable of forming intent to commit the crimes.

Prosecutors say they want time to have their own experts evaluate the teen murder defendant, but told the judge that it was unlikely such an evaluation would be complete by the June 5 trial date. The judge pushed back the trial until August 23.

If Michael Bever is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he will be committed to the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita, Oklahoma. However, if he is convicted of the murders and attempted murder of his family members, he faces life in prison without parole.

 



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