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BROKEN ARROW — The 13-year-old girl who survived a stabbing attack that killed five of her relatives, including her parents, inside a Broken Arrow home Wednesday night told police her two older brothers were responsible for the deaths, an arrest report for the oldest sibling states.
The report, released Friday afternoon, alleges 18-year-old Robert Davis Bever and his 16-year-old brother killed five family members at their home late Wednesday in the 700 block of Magnolia Court. Although authorities cited the younger brother’s age as their reason not to identify him, a Tulsa Jail official identified him as Michael Bever.
Found dead inside the home were parents David Bever, 52, and April Bever, 44, and three of their children. The state Medical Examiner’s Office identified them Friday as Daniel Bever, 12, Christopher Bever 7, and Victoria Bever, 5.
The 13-year-old girl was upgraded to serious but stable condition after surgery Thursday. Cooper said an uninjured 2-year-old girl was found on the home’s second floor.
The relatively short arrest report raises more questions than it answers.
For example, first-responding officers reported encountering blood “on or near” the front porch. But all the fatality victims and survivors were found inside the residence. Sgt. Thomas Cooper said detectives are still attempting to unravel events as they occurred.
Additionally, officers initially believed the surviving 13-year-old girl police encountered as she lay critically wounded on the floor was the person who phoned authorities from inside the home. But Cooper said the identity of the person who made the call is now unclear.
Dispatchers fielded the emergency call around 11:30 p.m. A family member asked for help because their brother was attacking the family. Cooper said the exchange was brief before the line went open and then became disconnected.
“There was a sound like a struggle,” Cooper said.
The report contains no indication of why either of the brothers might have committed such heinous acts. Cooper said the two are cooperating with detectives.
Tulsa County District Judge Doris Fransein, who serves as chief judge of the juvenile division, told the Tulsa World on Friday that neither suspect had a juvenile criminal history.
Cooper noted there is no recent past police response to the residence.
“I wish there was an easy answer to say, ‘Hey, this is why this happened’ for the public to help understand the horrific crime,” Cooper said. “But at the end of the day we don’t have that information.
“With interviews and the crime scene and the detectives doing their work, it’s going to take some time to actually tabulate and figure out how it all transpired and say, ‘Hey, this may be their motive.’ ”
Robert Bever is being held without bond in the Tulsa Jail on five complaints of first-degree murder and one complaint of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon. The 16-year-old was booked on the same complaints later Friday.
After seeing the blood on the home’s front porch, first-responding officers knocked on the front door and heard a “faint voice” inside asking for help, according to the report. They entered and immediately saw the 13-year-old girl lying on the ground with multiple wounds, Cooper said.
The girl told them Robert Bever and the 16-year-old attacked her and her family. After discovering all five bodies and the two survivors, police said they found fresh footprints in the backyard that led away from the home.
A K-9 dog led them to the teenagers, who were in an area of thick brush about 200 yards behind the home, Cooper said. Robert and Michael Bever were arrested just before 12:20 a.m. Thursday.
Police have called the family tragedy “unprecedented” and “unheard of” in Broken Arrow. Officers reported finding knives, a hatchet and similar weapons at the scene.
“It’s a time for us to take a step back and truly remember the victims,” Cooper said. “You have two survivors who are basically (without family) now.”
Cooper described the scene as gruesome. He said the grief and thought process of first responders and other crime scene officials will take a few days to begin to compartmentalize and fully realize what they encountered.
“Once you see that type of scene you can’t get it out of your mind,” Cooper said.