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A Moore man is sentenced to life in prison for killing his friend

A Moore, Oklahoma, man was sentenced to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday, Aug. 31. He'd been found guilty of first-degree murder by jurors just one week prior in McClain County District Court.

The 27-year-old defendant had been accused of murdering a fellow Moore resident back on Jan. 7, 2016. He'd allegedly killed the man and then transported his body to Dibble, a city seven miles to the south of Moore. Police later found the 28-year-old's lifeless body at the intersection of 150th Street and State Highway 76.

During the trail, the defendant's then-girlfriend testified on behalf of the prosecution. Although she admitted to having been present at the time of the stabbing, she said she had no prior knowledge that it was going to occur. Instead, she testified that she and her boyfriend had intended to simply take the victim out to a rural area in their car and leave him out there stranded.

The defendant apparently invited his friend, the victim, over and asked if he'd go for a ride with him. The defendant was driving, his friend was in the passenger's seat, and the defendant's girlfriend was in the rear one.

As they drove to the rural area, the two men got into an argument. It's during that drive, the girlfriend testified, that her boyfriend pushed his friend out of the car. It's while his friend was laying on the ground that the boyfriend began stabbing him.

It's then that the couple sped away from the scene. Soon thereafter, they missed a curve in the road and crashed their car into a ravine. They then took off on foot in different directions.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol later spotted the man in a pasture where he was ultimately arrested. As for the woman, she ran to a house about a mile away from the crash. She then called law enforcement authorities. The woman was never charged with a crime. She reportedly told police that she had been abused by the defendant.

If you've been charged with a crime and you're looking to gain a better understanding about the prospective penalties associated with it, then a Norman criminal defense attorney can provide you with guidance in your legal matter.

Source: The Purcell Register, "Defendant gets life without parole in 2016 murder case," Aug. 31, 2017

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