The life-without-parole sentence imposed on a Shawnee man for the 2008 shooting death of his wife has been overturned by a state appeals court and the case sent back to Pottawatomie County District Court for re-sentencing.


The life-without-parole sentence imposed on a Shawnee man for the 2008 shooting death of his wife has been overturned by a state appeals court and the case sent back to Pottawatomie County District Court for re-sentencing.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals opinion released Wednesday affirms the first-degree murder conviction of 51-year-old Edwin Scoby. But the court decided that evidence of Scoby's prior criminal convictions was improperly presented to the jury during the sentencing phase of his trial.

Scoby was convicted in the August 2008 shooting death of Nina Scoby at the couple's home in Shawnee. Court records show Nina Scoby's body was discovered in the home with a single gunshot wound to the head and a black-powder revolver by her side.

Edwin Scoby told police his wife shot herself.


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