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Oklahoma man accused in friend's death turns down deal

SALLISAW — Prosecutors say a Vian man accused of fatally shooting his friend last year has turned down a plea deal in the case.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 30, 2013
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SALLISAW — Prosecutors say a Vian man accused of fatally shooting his friend last year has turned down a plea deal in the case.

But in court Monday, James Moffett accepted a separate plea deal for violating the terms of his parole. Sequoyah County District Judge Jeff Payton sentenced Moffett to 20 years in prison for violating parole for drug convictions in 2008 and 2010.

Moffett still faces trial on a second-degree murder charge in the July 28, 2012, shooting death of 31-year-old Stanley Leon Ross. Assistant District Attorney John Wright tells a local newspaper Moffett turned down a plea deal in that case.

Police allege Moffett was intoxicated and handling a shotgun recklessly when it fired, striking Ross in the head.

Moffett's attorney, T. Scott Hickman, declined to comment.

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