Appeals court affirms life sentence in metro baseball bat beating

Tony Overton. (KOKH/FILE)

(AP) -- An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a 60-year-old man convicted of beating another man to death with a baseball bat.

The state Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Thursday to Tony Overton, who was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges by an Oklahoma County jury in the Aug. 29, 2012, beating death of 55-year-old Ricky Wallice of Oklahoma City.

Authorities say Wallice suffered a fractured skull when he was bludgeoned with a bat and later died at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center.

Among other things, the appeals court rejected claims by Overton that he did not receive a fair trial and that his defense attorney was ineffective.

Defense attorney Gina Walker didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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