Court to hear death row inmate's appeal

Court to hear death row inmate's appeal

CREATED Apr. 14, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - It's been 20 years since the decomposing bodies of a woman and her four children were discovered inside the family's Oklahoma City home.

But the man convicted of their deaths, Roderick Lynn Smith, is still fighting sentences of death he received in an appeal that claims he is mentally retarded and is ineligible for the death penalty under U.S. Supreme Court guidelines.

Oral arguments are scheduled before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in the death row inmate's appeal. The 47-year-old Smith alleges his death sentence should be thrown out because the Oklahoma County jury that returned it did not consider evidence of Smith's alleged mental retardation.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office says state prosecutors are confident Smith's death sentence will be upheld. Oral arguments are set on May 7.

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