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Appeal denied for Shreveport man who killed stepson

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Harold Free, 61 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Harold Free, 61 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Terry "TJ" Johniken Terry "TJ" Johniken
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport man convicted of shooting his stepson in the head during an argument will remain in prison for life, after an appellate court rejected his appeal on Wednesday.

Harold Free shot his stepson, Terry Johniken during a heated argument at their home on Jefferson Paige Road back in 2010.The fatal shot was heard on a 911 phone call recording, which was played in open court during the trial.

Testimony indicated that free and his stepson had a troubled relationship.

Two years after the violent encounter Free was convicted of 2nd degree murder by a Caddo Parish Jury, and sentenced to life in prison without probation or parole.

Free appealed that sentence claiming it was excessive because he had no prior criminal history, and has health problems.

On Wednesday the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected those claims, and upheld Free's mandatory life sentence.

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