- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of a man in the shooting death of his mother.

The court on Friday rejected claims by 26-year-old Matthew Strickland of prosecutorial misconduct and that prosecutors failed to disprove his claim of self-defense.

Strickland was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the May 2013 shooting death of 46-year-old Jill Sides at her home near Luther. Strickland was also convicted of assault and battery for shooting Sides’ husband, Ottie Sides, and of using body armor while committing a felony.

Strickland said he had gone to the home to get personal belongings when his mother began shooting and he returned the gunfire.

Ottie Sides testified the three were talking when Strickland pulled a gun and opened fire.

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