Will Oklahoma’s Governor Stop the Execution of a Man Many Think May Be Innocent?
A lot of people want Oklahoma’s governor to stop state officials from executing Julius Jones on Thursday.
Jones, 41, was convicted and sentenced to death for killing businessman Paul Howell during a 1999 carjacking in Edmond, Oklahoma. Jones has insisted all along that he is innocent and wasn’t at the scene of the crime. He and his defense attorneys point the finger at co-defendant Christopher Jordan, who got a deal from prosecutors in exchange for testifying against Jones. Jordan has served 15 years in prison and is free now.
A change.org petition has more than 6.4 million signatures asking for mercy. Celebrity and criminal justice reform advocate Kim Kardashian spent time with Jones and his mom and is supporting his cause. On November 11, five Republican Oklahoma lawmakers called on fellow Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt to grant Jones clemency. The lawmakers’ request comes on the heels of a 3–1 recommendation on November 1 from Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board supporting clemency for Jones. Many officials are clearly uncertain of Jones’ guilt and think executing him at this point is a bad idea.
“The last thing the state should be doing is taking the life of someone who may be innocent,” said Oklahoma state Rep. Gary Mize (R–Edmond) in a prepared statement. “There is too much doubt here
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