- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life sentence of a 33-year-old man who was convicted of shooting a 48-year-old man to death.

The court handed down the ruling Tuesday in the case of William Buck Rodgers, who was convicted by a jury in Creek County of first-degree murder for the Sept. 23, 2012, shooting death of Robert Wayne Travis.

Investigators say Travis was shot once in the chest with a handgun at a mobile home park in Sapulpa where Rodgers also lived following an early-morning argument.

Among other issues, Rodgers claimed he was immune from prosecution under Oklahoma’s Stand Your Ground law. But the appeals court ruled Rodgers waited too long to seek immunity.

Rodgers’ attorney, Carla Stinnett, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.


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