Oklahoma judge overturns convictions of 2 in shooting death

Ponca City Now - May 10, 2016 10:21 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma judge has declared that two men convicted in the drive-by shooting death of a woman 22 years ago are innocent and vacated their convictions.

Malcolm Scott and DeMarchoe Carpenter were both 17 years old when 19-year-old Karen Summers died in 1994.

Tulsa District Judge Sharon Holmes said Monday a videotaped confession from an inmate later executed for a different crime convinced her that the men didn’t kill Summers.

In January, attorneys for the men presented new evidence that featured Michael Lee Wilson’s videotaped confession.

Wilson had pleaded guilty to being an accessory in Summers’ killing. Minutes before he was to die by lethal injection in 2014, he declared Carpenter and Scott innocent.

Prosecutors claimed Wilson only made the statement as a last-ditch attempt to save his friends.


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