Attorney asks court to vacate Chickasha man's death sentence
BY Associated Press
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY — An attorney for a Chickasha man convicted in the fatal shooting of his friend has asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to vacate his death sentence.
The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case of Ronson Bush, who was sentenced to die for William Harrington's 2008 killing.
Bush pleaded guilty shortly after his trial began, and was sentenced to death by Grady County District Judge Richard Van Dyck. Defense attorneys asked Van Dyck to allow Bush's appeal to be withdrawn, but the judge refused.
His appellate attorney, Traci Quick, said Bush wanted to spare Harrington's family from a trial and didn't understand the implications of entering the plea.
Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Dickson said the trial record shows Bush knew what was going to happen.