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OKLAHOMA CITY- An affidavit that was a key piece in an Oklahoma City man’s appeal case will not be submitted to the court.

Harold Lee Belton, 62, was convicted of first-degree rape in 2004 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

He appealed the conviction after the victim recanted testimony that was detrimental to the defense’s case.

The victim told the judge he could not remember any of his testimony from the trial and said the rape did not happen.

Belton wrote an affidavit that recanted the allegations and then mailed the document to his brother-in-law to have the victim sign it.

The judge ruled that the affidavit could not be submitted during the appeal.