Oklahoma appeals court upholds separate murder convictions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday upheld the separate murder convictions and life-without-parole sentences of two men.

The court rejected appeals by Tracy Gene Price, 44, of Tulsa and Bobby Lee Rogers, 40, of Moore. Attorneys for the two men did not immediately return phone calls for comment.

Price was convicted in the 2017 death of Anthony Pietrazak, 18, in Tulsa, and Rogers was convicted of the 2016 slaying of Jillian Riddle, 31, at the home they shared in Moore.

Prosecutors said Pietrazak was strangled with his hands tied his back, his ankles tied together and another rope that was looped around his neck and tied to his wrists and ankles.

Prosecutors said Riddle died of a broken neck and lacerated liver.

On appeal, Price claimed improper evidence, improper jury instructions and that his sentence is excessive. Rogers argued improper evidence and improper testimony during the sentencing phase of his trial.

Both men also alleged ineffective assistance of counsel.