- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected the appeal of a Bartlesville man convicted in the beating death of his grandmother.

The court turned away claims by Brandon Capps that he wasn’t allowed to present evidence that he had no intent to kill his grandmother, that the court wrongly refused to instruct the jury on first-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder, that prejudicial evidence was admitted, that victim impact evidence was improper, and that he had ineffective counsel.

The ruling is dated Friday, which was Capps’ 23rd birthday.

He was convicted in the October 2012 beating death of 81-year-old Clara Jean Hammer and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ website shows Capps will be eligible for parole in 2051.

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