Okla. court to hear appeal of man sentenced to die

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has re-scheduled oral arguments in the appeal of a man convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in the killing of a trucking company owner nearly 13 years ago.

The court said Wednesday arguments will be heard Oct. 2, instead of Aug. 14.

Judges say attorneys should be prepared to argue issues raised in Victor Miller's appeal and whether the death sentence was imposed under the influence of passion, prejudice or any other arbitrary factor.

Miller was convicted of the 1999 fatal shooting of Jerald Thurman in Tulsa County. Prosecutors say he and John Hanson had driven retired banker Mary Bowles to a secluded area when they encountered Thurman picking up a load of dirt.

Hansen was sentenced to death for Bowles' killing.

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