Court of Appeals overturns murder convictions in Tulsa case

Thursday, December 2nd 2004, 6:29 am
By: News On 6

Two convictions and death sentence handed down in a 1994 Tulsa murder spree have been overturned.

The Tenth US Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the guilty verdicts and death sentences Kenneth Eugene Turrentine received for killing his estranged girlfriend's two children. The appeals court ruled the trial judge didn't tell jurors that a second-degree murder alternative was not available.

The panel did uphold Turrentine's death sentence for the murder of Anita Richardson. Turrentine is currently serving a life term for killing his sister.