Ricky Malone Sentenced to Death for Murder of Trooper Nik Green

District Judge Mark Smith ruled Ricky Ray Malone should receive the death penalty for killing Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Nik Green in 2003.

Judge Smith took about two minutes to issue the sentence.

A reporter in court says Malone's family cried when the judge read his decision. Nik Green's family was also in the courtroom.

Malone had previously been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die, but the punishment was overturned on appeal.