Appeals court reverses man's murder convictions

Friday, October 20th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- The Court of Criminal Appeals today reversed the convictions and life sentences of an Okmulgee County man accused of killing two people.

The court ordered that Sherman Brown's case be sent back to district court for separate trials.

Brown was convicted of the February 1998 murders of convenience store manager Shelley Tash and of service station owner William Harvey.

Witnesses at Brown's trial testified that he was angry about his paycheck being late and he also was identified as being at the scene of both crimes about the time of the murders.

He was sentenced to life for the robberies and life without parole for the murders.

The appeals court ruled that there was no evidence the two robbery-homicides were connected.

The judges said the trial judge erred by allowing Brown to be tried at one trial for two unrelated crimes.