Okla. court keeps life sentence in brother's death

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The appeal of a man convicted in the shooting death of his brother has been rejected.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday upheld the first-degree murder conviction and life sentence of 54-year-old Donald Lee Worley.

A Pawnee County jury convicted Worley of the Dec. 14, 2009, shooting death of 50-year-old James Worley. Authorities say the shooting occurred at the home where the two lived in the Keystone Lake area.

Donald Worley testified during his 2011 trial that the shooting was in self-defense. The court's ruling noted that a witness testified that Worley had picked up a rifle and said that he was going to "have to kill" his brother.

Defense attorney Kristi Christopher did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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