- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 54-year-old man who was convicted in the fatal stabbing of a 42-year-old woman.

The court handed down the ruling Wednesday in the case of Billy Clifford Brown Jr., who was convicted of first-degree murder by a Tulsa County jury in the Oct. 13, 2014, stabbing death of 42-year-old Sukey Francis-Walters.

An affidavit says the woman suffered a stab wound to her upper chest. The Oklahoma medical examiner’s office matched the stab wound to a steak knife that was found with blood on it near Francis-Walters’ body.

Brown alleged he was deprived of effective assistance of counsel during his trial and that prosecutors committed misconduct.

His attorney, Richard Couch, didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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