- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected the appeal of a man convicted of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a shooting at a mall in Muskogee.

The ruling released Tuesday upholds the convictions of 23-year-old Dondray Fowler. Fowler was convicted of the 2010 shooting that killed 17-year-old Jarrod Reed at Arrowhead Mall. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for murder and to 30 years for each of the four assault convictions.

Fowler raised several points on appeal - including insufficient evidence, improper jury instructions, prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective counsel and that his sentence is excessive.

The appeals court rejected each claim.

Fowler had claimed the shooting was in self-defense.


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