- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa County prosecutors will no longer seek the death penalty for a man convicted in the fatal shootings of an Owasso trucking company owner and a retired Tulsa banker.

The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/1OG1F9u ) that First Assistant District Attorney John David Luton announced the decision Tuesday in court. He says he made the conclusion after talking with the victims’ family members.

“The consensus of the family was that this was a way to create some finality in the case,” Luton said.

The 52-year-old Victor Cornell Miller has been fighting a legal battle against the state since a jury convicted him in 2002 for the 1999 shooting deaths of truck company owner Jerald Thurman,44, and retired banker Mary Agnes Bowles,77.

Miller’s first conviction and sentence were overturned by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in 2004, and he was granted a new trial. Another jury convicted him in 2008 and he was sentenced to death for the slayings. An appeals court changed one of Miller’s death sentences in 2013 to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and directed the Tulsa County District Court to sentence Miller for the other murder conviction. The death penalty was allowed to remain as an option for sentencing.

Thurman’s son, Jake Thurman, and other family members hope the judge will sentence Miller to life in prison without parole.

“As long as he can’t ever get out, he won’t be able to do this to someone else’s family,” Thurman said.

Court minutes show that District Judge Dana Kuehn is scheduled to sentence Miller on Dec. 18.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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