- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the manslaughter conviction and 15-year prison sentence of an Oklahoma City preacher.

The court on Thursday rejected claims by Michael Scott Elder that included lack of evidence, prosecutorial misconduct, that Elder wasn’t allowed to present his defense and that the sentence is excessive.

Elder was convicted in March 2014 in Oklahoma County of the Feb. 20, 2013 shooting death of his son-in-law - 27-year-old Gary Davidson.

Elder testified that he shot Davidson after Davidson ran to and got into a pickup truck with his daughter because he feared Davidson would harm her. Court records show Davidson had filed for divorce from Elder’s daughter the day before the shooting.

Elder was charged with first-degree murder, but was convicted of first-degree manslaughter.


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