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Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals affirms murder conviction, life sentence in fatal shooting


OKLAHOMA CITY — A man convicted of fatally shooting a 22-year-old man has lost his bid for a new trial.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the first-degree murder conviction and life-without-parole sentence given 25-year-old Christian Cortuan Castro.

An Oklahoma County jury convicted Castro of the Jan. 23, 2012, shooting death of Darryl Glenn Davis Jr. Police found Davis' body in a southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood with a gunshot wound in the back of the head.

Among other things, Castro sought a new trial based on newly discovered evidence, but the appeals court ruled Castro had not shown the evidence would change the outcome.

Defense attorney Andrea Miller says she's disappointed and says the court overlooked the untruthfulness of a co-defendant who was the state's key witness in this case.

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