Okla. death row inmate appeals sentence

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Cuban immigrant sentenced to death for
the 2003 shooting death of his common-law wife has asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to overturn the penalty.

Oral arguments were presented Tuesday in the case of Carlos Cuesta-Rodriguez. The 54-year-old man was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the May 31, 2003, fatal shooting of Olimpia
Cardina Fisher at their southwest Oklahoma City home.

Prosecutors say evidence indicates he shot the 47-year-old Fisher in the eye, then waited about eight minutes before firing the fatal shot into the other eye.

Defense attorneys say Cuesta-Rodriguez had been depressed since leaving his family in Cuba in 1980 and acted in the heat of passion when he shot Fisher during an argument about their unraveling
relationship.


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