Appeals court rejects convicted killer's appeal
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court in Denver has
rejected an appeal filed by a convicted killer from Oklahoma.
The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday dismissed the
appeal by 44-year-old Darrin Lynn Pickens, who represented himself.
Court records show Pickens was twice convicted by an Oklahoma
jury and twice sentenced to death for the 1990 killing of store
clerk Tommy Hayes during a robbery in Creek County. The Oklahoma
Court of Criminal Appeals vacated Pickens' second death sentence
and modified it to life in prison without parole.
In his latest appeal, Pickens argues among other things that the
warrant for his arrest was illegally obtained, that he was denied
his right to counsel and there was insufficient evidence linking
him to the crime.