Oklahoma appeals court reverses woman’s murder conviction

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a 37-year-old woman’s murder conviction and life prison sentence in the stabbing death of an Oklahoma City man during a home invasion.

The appeals court ordered a new trial on Tuesday for Loretta Marjorie Hawks. Hawks was convicted by a jury in Cleveland County of first-degree murder and other charges in the Aug. 31, 2012, death of 47-year-old Arthur Strozewski.

Investigators said Strozewski was stabbed 38 times and that the stab wounds penetrated his lungs, liver, kidney and various other internal organs.

Hawks claimed in her appeal that there was insufficient evidence that she participated in the crime or aided two co-defendant’s in the victim’s death.

Hawks’ appellate attorney, Terry Hull of Norman, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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