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Oklahoma man’s murder conviction upheld in death of son

November 22, 2019 GMT
This March 8, 2017 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows William Hunter Magness. The first-degree murder conviction and life sentence of Magness for the death of his 22-month-old son has been upheld. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2019, rejected appeals by Magness of Okemah that included insufficient evidence, improper testimony, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)
This March 8, 2017 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows William Hunter Magness. The first-degree murder conviction and life sentence of Magness for the death of his 22-month-old son has been upheld. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2019, rejected appeals by Magness of Okemah that included insufficient evidence, improper testimony, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first-degree murder conviction and life sentence of a 32-year-old eastern Oklahoma man for the death of his 22-month-old son has been upheld.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday rejected appeals by William Hunter Magness of Okemah that included insufficient evidence, improper testimony, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel.

Magness’ attorney did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

Prosecutors say the boy, identified only as T.G., suffered blunt force trauma to the head that led to his death in November 2013.

Authorities say Magness and the boy’s mother were not married and the mother had custody of the child, but Magness was keeping him at the time he was injured.