Oklahoma appeals court upholds 2 separate murder convictions
December 14, 2018
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld two separate murder convictions, including one involving the drowning of a 4-year-old girl.
The court on Thursday upheld the second-degree murder conviction and 20-year prison sentence of 57-year-old Esther Bales for the 2015 drowning of a girl identified only as H.M.P.
The court rejected Bales' appeal of insufficient evidence that she neglected the girl when she left her and several other children alone at a swim beach at Ponca Lake.
The court also upheld the first-degree murder conviction and life without parole sent...