- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 42-year-old man convicted of killing his wife.

The court handed down the ruling Thursday in the case of Jerry Dale Meek, who was convicted by a jury in McCurtain County of first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Hope Meek.

Hope Meek had been missing for 10 years before her husband was arrested in 2012. She was reported missing by her husband in February 2002 several days after he last saw her. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said at the time it had evidence indicating she died on February 21, 2002, after a fight with her husband.

The appeals court rejected claims by Jerry Meek that the evidence was insufficient to convict him of murder.

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