OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life sentence of a Lexington man who was convicted of first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of a 14-year-old girl.
The state Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday rejected claims by Cody Dallas Delano that he didn’t get a fair trial and had ineffective attorneys, among other claims.
Delano was convicted in 2015 in the fatal shooting of Railena Rhodes. Prosecutors said Delano was at a party with friends in 2014 when he got into a fight and was chased out of the house.
Authorities said an angered Delano returned to the house armed with a rifle and shot five or six times. One of them killed Rhodes.
Delano’s attorneys said Delano’s friends took his car and guns and shot into the house.