Oklahoma court denies new hearing for man in mother’s death

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a new hearing for a death row inmate convicted of beating his 87-year-old mother to death.

The court handed down the ruling Thursday to 63-year-old Darrell Wayne Frederick, who sought an evidentiary hearing on claims that his attorney was ineffective and prosecutors committed misconduct at his first-degree murder trial.

Darrell was sentenced to death by a jury in Oklahoma County for the death of his mother, Connie Frederick.

Prosecutors said the elderly woman was beaten with a brick inside her home on March 26, 2011. She died at a hospital a month later.

Among other things, the court rejected Darrell’s claim that prosecutors withheld evidence before his trial. His appellate attorney, Kristi Christopher, didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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