Oklahoma Capitol briefs for April 24

Oklahoma Capitol briefs for April 24
Published: April 24, 2013
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Convicted killer denied hearing

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday denied the request of a former firefighter seeking a hearing to present evidence to appeal his being sentenced to death for the 2003 fatal shooting of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. A Comanche County judge in November resentenced Ricky Ray Malone to death for the Dec. 26, 2003, killing of trooper Nikky “Nik” Green. Malone, now 38, had been sentenced to death in 2005, but the sentence was overturned by the Court of Criminal Appeals. Green found Malone in a car along a Cotton County road that had a mobile methamphetamine lab inside, and the two struggled before Malone killed Green with the trooper's gun. Malone had asked the appellate court for a hearing so he could present evidence his defense attorney was ineffective during his trial and appeal.

MICHAEL MCNUTT,

CAPITOL BUREAU