Not guilty pleas filed for 2 Oklahoma teens in stabbings

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge entered not guilty pleas Monday for two brothers charged with stabbing their parents and three siblings to death last month at their suburban Tulsa home.

Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16, were each charged last week with five counts of first-degree murder in the July 22 attack. The older boy could face the death penalty; the younger boy, who The Associated Press is naming because he is charged as an adult, faces only life in prison because of his age.

After entering not guilty pleas for the pair, who appeared via video from the Tulsa County jail, Special Judge Deborrah Ludi-Leitch set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 28.

The brothers' lawyers declined comment, saying it was too early to talk about the case.

The city of Broken Arrow is planning to release records generated in the early hours of the investigation — including a recording of the 911 call made from the home placed by one of the victims.

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Not guilty pleas filed for 2 Oklahoma teens in stabbings
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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Defense attorneys Rob Nigh and Cheryl Ramsey are seeking a protective order asking a judge to halt the release of documents they claim contain information that could be prejudicial to the brothers receiving a fair trial. A judge has scheduled a hearing on that order for Wednesday, a day after the city had planned to release the records to reporters.

Broken Arrow City Attorney Beth Anne Wilkening didn't immediately return a message seeking comment Monday on the release of the records. The attorneys for the brothers declined to discuss the protective order outside of court.

A Broken Arrow police sergeant had described the 911 call as "gruesome" last week.

"They're able to confirm the location, and then it basically goes to an open line for a little while and you can hear a struggle there and then it disconnects," Sgt. Thomas Cooper said.

Broken Arrow police went to the home late July 22, summoned by a faint voice on a 911 call saying a brother was attacking the family. A 13-year-old sister, who survived, told police that "her brothers" were responsible, according to an affidavit filed ahead of the pair being formally charged. A 2-year-old sister survived unharmed.

The boys were arrested shortly after the attack in a wooded area near their home. Police said a tracking dog followed their scent after officers noticed fresh footprints in the home's back yard.

The state medical examiner identified the dead as David Bever, 52; his wife April Bever, 44; and their children Daniel Bever, 12, Christopher Bever, 7, and Victoria Bever, 5.

Police haven't released a motive.

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