Oklahoma court denies death row inmate's appeal

Oklahoman Published: January 17, 2012
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected the appeal of a death row inmate convicted of first-degree murder for the death of a 10-year-old Purcell girl.

The five-member court handed down the unanimous decision Tuesday in the case of 32-year-old Kevin Ray Underwood.

The court last year upheld Underwood's conviction and death sentence. Its latest opinion rejects Underwood's request for post-conviction relief and an evidentiary hearing.

Underwood, a grocery store stocker from Purcell, was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2006 killing of Jamie Rose Bolin. The victim's nude body was found stuffed in a plastic tub inside a closet.

Prosecutors say he lured the victim to his apartment, beat her with a cutting board and suffocated her.

His attorney, Laura Arledge, was not immediately available for comment.

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