Oklahoma governor has decreased Julius Jones’ dying sentence.
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- Julius was convicted of fatally capturing insurance coverage government Paul Howell throughout a 1999 carjacking in his driveway.
- Jones’ attorneys have cited proof that he was residence together with his household when the homicide occurred.
- His dying sentence has been decreased to life in jail with out the chance for parole.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Thursday halted the execution of death-row inmate Julius Jones, hours earlier than he was scheduled to be put to dying for a 22-year-old homicide during which doubts about his guilt have been raised.
The transfer got here amid an outpouring of appeals to Stitt to halt Jones’ execution, which had been set for 16:00 on Thursday. The state Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 earlier this month to suggest that Stitt commute his sentence to life in jail.
Amongst those that have taken an curiosity within the case is superstar Kim Kardashian West, who issued a sequence of tweets calling for Jones’ sentence to be commuted.
A lot of evangelical leaders and a handful of Republican state lawmakers, together with state Consultant John Talley, additionally questioned Jones’ guilt and urged the governor, a fellow Republican, commute his sentence.
Jones, 41, who was convicted of fatally capturing insurance coverage government Paul Howell throughout a 1999 carjacking in his driveway, was amongst 5 condemned inmates who gained stays of execution from a three-judge panel of the tenth Circuit US Courtroom of Appeals on 27 October.
However the US Supreme Courtroom lifted the stays the subsequent day, permitting the state to renew executions for the primary time since 2015 by placing to dying Grant, one other of the 5 inmates, hours later.
Grant had been a plaintiff in a lawsuit set to go to trial subsequent 12 months difficult the three-drug protocol that ended his life as inhumane, however the state refused to postpone his execution.
Thanks a lot Governor Stitt for commuting Julius Jones sentence to life with out parole and stopping his execution at the moment.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 18, 2021
Jones’ attorneys have cited proof that he was residence together with his household when the homicide occurred, which they stated the jury by no means realized as a result of his attorneys on the time failed to completely examine it.
On Wednesday morning, dozens of scholars from every of a number of Oklahoma Metropolis excessive faculties walked out of courses to reveal their assist for clemency, native media reported.
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