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Man Accused in Murders of 4 Women Won't Testify

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — One of two brothers accused of fatally shooting four women at a run-down apartment complex in 2013 won't testify in his defense.

James Poore told a Tulsa judge Friday that he won't testify. Poore has pleaded not guilty to killing 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson.

The Tulsa World reports that a jury could return a verdict Monday after hearing testimony from nearly 30 witnesses over a six-day trial.

James Poore's brother, Cedric Poore, faces the same charges and will be tried separately. Cedric Poore has also pleaded not guilty.

Authorities have said the Poores intended to rob the women, but killed them because the men feared their victims might identify them.