Court reverses Okla. death row inmate's conviction
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned the first-degree murder convictions of an Oklahoma death row inmate in the deaths of a Glenpool couple 12 years ago.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision in the case of 37-year-old Michael Allen Browning. Browning was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the February 2001 deaths of Harry and Teresa Hye of Glenpool.
Defense attorney Jack Fisher said Wednesday that the decision reverses Browning's conviction and sentence and sends the case back to Tulsa County for a new trial.
The court's opinion says it reversed Browning's conviction because prosecutors did not tell defense attorneys that a key prosecution witness in the case, Cenessa Tackett, had been diagnosed with a severe mental disorder.
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