- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a man convicted of killing a baby-sitter in Lawton.

The court on Tuesday rejected appeals by 24-year-old Stephone Carter. Carter claimed his confession was improperly admitted, that he had ineffective legal counsel and that the judge’s oral sentence was different that the life in prison sentence that was given.

Carter was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in January 2014 in the 2012 shooting death of Tanya Zachary while she babysat a child in a Lawton apartment. Carter said he had gone to the apartment to buy drugs and that he shot Zachary in self-defense.

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