Oklahoma 16-year-old to be charged as adult in stabbings

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma 16-year-old will be charged as an adult alongside his older brother in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings at a suburban Tulsa home, authorities said Saturday.

The suspect will face the same counts as his 18-year-old brother, Robert Bever, who is accused in a booking document of five counts of first-degree murder and a count of aggravated assault in the Wednesday night attack in Broken Arrow.

Police have not released the 16-year-old's name, but Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler confirmed Saturday both siblings have been booked on first-degree murder complaints. It wasn't immediately clear in jail records when either sibling is due in court.

Photos of the chilling scene in Oklahoma following the stabbing:

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An investigator walks in the front yard of a house in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five family members were discovered stabbed to death. Two teenagers were taken into custody. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
An investigator photographs behind a tarp in the front yard of a home in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five people were discovered stabbed to death. Two teenagers were taken into custody. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
This Friday, July 24, 2015 booking photo provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office shows Robert Bever. A booking document filed by police in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, Okla., accuses Bever, of five counts of first-degree murder and a count of aggravated assault in the attack Wednesday night that left five family members dead. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)
The back yard of the sprawling Bever home is pictured in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 30, 2015. More than a week after five of the Bever family, including the parents, were stabbed to death and two of the sons were taken into custody in the killings, neighbors in this quiet suburb are trying to come to grips with how such brutality could happen here. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A worker from the medical examiner's office, left, moves a covering off of a body behind a tarp, outside of a home in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five family members were discovered stabbed to death. Two male teenagers are in custody. Police say they and the victims are related. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
An investigator walks around blood on the doorstep of a house in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five family members were discovered stabbed to death. Two teenagers were taken into custody. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A quantity of blood can be seen on the doorstep of a house in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five family members were discovered stabbed to death. Two teenagers were taken into custody. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A worker wheels a gurney with a body bag on it, under the green cover, to a coroner's van outside of a home in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five family members were discovered stabbed to death. Two male teenagers are in custody. Police say they and the victims are related. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A memorial with flowers and balloons at the fence of the Bever home in Broken Arrow, Okla., is pictured Thursday, July 30, 2015, a week after five family members were found murdered at the home. Neighbors in this quiet Tulsa suburb are still coming to grips with how such brutality could happen here. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Cindy Rigney, front, and Glenna Parkman, rear, who live in Broken Arrow, arrive with a wreath outside of a home in Broken Arrow, Okla., Thursday, July 23, 2015, where five family members were discovered by authorities stabbed to death. The women were turned away by police and told to come back later. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
This photo provided by the Broken Arrow, Okla., Police Department shows Robert Bever, a suspect in the stabbing deaths of an Oklahoma family in Broken Arrow, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Broken Arrow Police spokesman Cpl. Leon Calhoun said Thursday that Bever and another teenage son were apprehended and expected to be charged in the deaths of their parents, three siblings and an attack on a fourth sibling. (Broken Arrow Police Department via AP)
Crime scene tape marks off the area as police investigate scene, Thursday morning, July 23, 2015, in Broken Arrow, Okla., where authorities say five people were found dead late Wednesday night. Police say a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, who are both related to the victims, were taken into custody. (AP Photo/Justin Juozapavicius)
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Trial as an adult means that the 16-year-old could get a maximum sentence of life in prison or life in prison without parole if he's convicted of first degree murder, Kunzweiler said. While the death penalty is legal in Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 banned the execution of anyone under the age of 18 at the time a crime was committed.

The brothers are accused of fatally stabbing their parents, two brothers and a sister. The dead are parents David Bever, 52, and April Bever, 44, and siblings Daniel Bever, 12, Christopher Bever, 7, and Victoria Bever, 5.

An unidentified 13-year-old sister was in serious but stable condition in a hospital and an unnamed 2-year-old sister wasn't harmed and was placed in state custody.

With the siblings jailed, detectives continued to search for a motive, scouring social media sites believed to belong to Robert Bever in hopes of finding clues. Cpl. Leon Calhoun, a spokesman for the department, said both siblings were cooperating with investigators.

Calhoun said the grisly scene was difficult to cope with for the investigators, who are accustomed to working only one or two homicides a year in the low-crime enclave.

"Most of the detectives are parents, and seeing the bodies of a 5-year-old, a 7-year-old, and 12-year-old, they are seeing the brutality and gruesomeness of the crime scene," Calhoun said. "If it doesn't take an emotional toll on you, you aren't human."

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