Okla. appeals court upholds man's death sentences

A state appeals court has upheld the three death sentences of a man who was convicted of killing an Owasso family in 2005.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals voted 4-0 last week to affirm the verdicts against Clarence Goode Jr. who was found guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings 10-year-old Kayla Burchett; her mother, Tara Burchett-Thompson, and Burchett-Thompsons husband, Mitch Thompson, at their home in August 2005.

Goode's co-defendant, Kenneth Johnson, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, and another co-defendant, Ronald Thompson,
received life imprisonment terms in the case.

James Lockhard, Goode's attorney, said a standard appeal would be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. Lockhard declined additional comment on Thursday.

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