If not for a slow parole system, Cedric Poore might have been behind bars long before the murders of four women at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments, a crime for which he's now accused along with his brother, James.
In October of last year, Poore violated his parole as a result of a different, relatively minor crime.
But the warrant for his arrest wasn't issued until December.
And he wasn't arrested until January 14th, a week after the murders.
He was arrested when he appeared for his scheduled appointment at the Tulsa parole office, which is standard procedure according to parole supervisor Kathy King.
"Because that's the safest place for our officers, and we were waiting for him for his next report date to come in, which unfortunately was after the date of the incident," King said.
She said they can ask the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office to go out and make the arrest if it's believed the parolee has fled or failed to show up for an appointment, but even after the murders and before anyone at the parole office knew he was a suspect, Poore showed up for his regular appointment, at which point, he was arrested for the other minor crime.
She said the amount of time between the day he violated his parole and the day he was arrested is fairly standard.
She said the Tulsa office has roughly 200 active parole cases, and ultimately, they all have to be approved by just one supervisor.
"Every report that her officers write, she has to approve them, and then I am the final review before it goes up to our parole administrator for issuance of the warrant," she said.