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Oklahoma man's death penalty upheld

Published: April 1, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the death penalty of a 38-year-old Ponca City man convicted of first-degree murder for the June 1999 shooting death of a 19-year-old woman.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision Monday in the case of Clayton Darrell Lockett. Lockett was convicted of killing Stephanie Nieman, who was shot to death and buried in a shallow grave near Tonkawa.

Lockett was also convicted on 18 other counts, including first-degree rape, kidnapping, robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. Jurors recommended a total of 2,285 years and 90 days for the other convictions.

Lockett's attorney, Assistant Federal Defender Dean Sanderford of Denver, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. has disabled the comments for this article.