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Oklahoma appeals court upholds separate murder convictions

September 12, 2019
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In this photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Traevon Harbert is pictured on June 22, 2018. On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the separate first-degree murder convictions and life with parole sentences of Harbert, of Warr Acres, Okla., and Adrian Escajeda, of Oklahoma City. Harbert was convicted of the fatal March 2016 shooting of Demario Davis in what prosecutors say was retaliation for the earlier slaying of a friend of Harbert's. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)
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In this photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Traevon Harbert is pictured on June 22, 2018. On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the separate first-degree murder convictions and life with parole sentences of Harbert, of Warr Acres, Okla., and Adrian Escajeda, of Oklahoma City. Harbert was convicted of the fatal March 2016 shooting of Demario Davis in what prosecutors say was retaliation for the earlier slaying of a friend of Harbert's. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the separate first-degree murder convictions and life with parole sentences of two men.

The court on Thursday rejected appeals by 28-year-old Adrian Escajeda of Oklahoma City and 30-year-old Traevon Harbert of Warr Acres.

Escajeda was convicted in the December 2016 suffocation and strangulation death of Ulises Lopez. Escajeda said he intended only to “beat up” Lopez because he suspected Lopez of sexually abusing his girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter.

Harbert was convicted of the fatal March 2016 shooting of Demario Davis in what prosecutors say was retaliation for the earlier slaying of a friend of Harbert’s. Harbert argued witnesses didn’t identify him as one of two men seen on surveillance video shooting Davis, but the court found the witnesses did not provide positive identifications.

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