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State Briefs: Friday, March 7, 2008

Modified: March 7, 2008 at 6:18 am •  Published: March 7, 2008
Closing arguments expected
Prosecutors will call a final expert rebuttal witness this morning in the punishment phase of Kevin Ray Underwood's first-degree murder trial.

The state's mental health expert will testify in response to mental health experts introduced by Underwood's defense attorneys.

Last week, a jury took less than 30 minutes to convict Underwood of the 2006 murder of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin, Underwood's upstairs neighbor at a Purcell apartment complex.

After the witness testifies and closing arguments are given, a jury will decide whether Underwood should get life imprisonment or death by lethal injection.

Jury advocates death sentence
A Garfield County jury in Enid gave the death penalty Thursday to Wendel Arden Grissom, 39, who was convicted Tuesday in the November 2005 slaying of a woman in Watonga, said District Attorney Cathy Stocker.

Jurors took only about an hour to convict Grissom of first-degree murder, also finding him guilty on charges of shooting with intent to kill, grand larceny and possession of a firearm after felony conviction.

Grissom fatally shot 23-year-old Amber Matthews during a robbery attempt.

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