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Oklahoma court upholds life sentence in fatal stabbing

August 4, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life sentence of a man convicted of first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing a man to death two years ago.

The appeals court on Thursday rejected claims from Terry James Hansen of Tulsa, who was convicted in the July 13, 2014, stabbing death of 29-year-old Wesley Allen Westcott.

A police affidavit says Hansen told detectives he went to a residence where the stabbing occurred “because he had been burned on a dope deal” and wanted to “make it right.” The dealer never appeared, but Westcott did and Hansen allegedly stabbed him in the back of the neck.

Among other things, the court rejected Hansen’s claim that prosecutors committed misconduct during his trial in Tulsa County.

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