Court Upheld Life Sentence
Ponca City Now - September 19, 2013 6:59 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a man convicted of second-degree murder in the stomping death of another man at an Enid bar.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Wednesday for 34-year old Grady Lewallen Jr. A Garfield County jury convicted Lewallen of the Feb. 14, 2012, death of 53-year-old Robert Abraham.
Abraham was found unresponsive in a bathroom at The Mine Company, and he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Authorities say Lewallen told police Abraham attacked him by kicking in a bathroom stall door. An affidavit filed in the case says Lewallen told investigators he kicked Abraham back, the victim fell and he kicked him several more times.
Authorities say Lewallen had four prior felony convictions in Arkansas.