- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence given a 29-year-old man convicted of shooting another man to death at an apartment complex in Tulsa.

The Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Wednesday in the appeal of Andre Darnell Thomas, who was convicted of first-degree murder by a Tulsa County jury for the May 25, 2013, shooting death of Ronald Dion Harris.

Authorities say Harris was shot in the back of the head about 3:30 a.m. in a common area of the apartment complex.

Among other things, appellate judges rejected allegations by Thomas that jurors were influenced by a crime-scene photograph of the victim’s gunshot wound.

Thomas’ attorney, Stuart Southerland of the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.


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