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U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeals in Edmond killings

by Chris Casteel Modified: March 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm •  Published: March 24, 2014
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WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Rocky Dodd, who is on Oklahoma’s death row for the 1994 killings of two next-door neighbors in Edmond. The court also rejected an appeal from Oklahoma in the same case.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year said victim-impact statements in Dodd’s trial violated his constitutional rights. The appeals court ordered a resentencing.
The state asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 10th Circuit court’s decision that Dodd’s rights were violated, but the high court declined, meaning Dodd will have to be resentenced.
The high court also declined to review arguments by Dodd that were rejected by the 10th Circuit court.
Dodd was convicted of killing Keri Jean Sloniker, 19, and her boyfriend, Shane McInturff, 20, in their apartment after McInturff accused Dodd of stealing a stash of drugs.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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