Oklahoma Court Upholds Conviction In Baseball Bat Slaying
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a man who used a baseball bat to kill a man.
The court on Friday upheld the conviction and 10-year prison sentence of 25-year-old Eric Noyola in the 2014 death of 29-year-old Ricky Betancur.
Betancur died at a hospital several days after being hit in the head with the bat during an April 2014 fight at a southeast Oklahoma City sports complex.
Defense attorneys argued that Noyola was defending friends and family from a larger group that had started the fight.
Noyola's appeal included arguments that the jury should have been instructed on first-degree manslaughter and on the law of defense of another person.