Julius Jones is scheduled to be executed by the state of Oklahoma on Thursday.
The Jones family and his supporters – a group that includes celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and basketball player Russell Westbrook – have been lobbying Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to commute the man’s sentence to life imprisonment, but so far Mr. Stitt has not indicated he is considering the opposite. .
Mr State also faces international pressure after the European Union’s ambassador to the United States wrote a letter asking him to stop the execution, and a petition against the execution garnered more than 6 million signatures.
Jones, 41, spent more than half his life in prison after being charged and convicted of killing Paul Howell during a 1999 car theft. He maintained he was innocent of the crime and was charged by his then-accused friend and partner, who allegedly actually shot Mr. Howell .
The state has set Jones to be killed by lethal injection, making him the second prisoner to be executed since the state stopped using the deadly drug for six years after a series of failed executions. The first person to be executed since the moratorium was lifted was a 60-year-old inmate who had convulsions and vomited during the execution, which raised further questions about the drug.
Jones and his supporters would visit Mr. State’s office in the days before the execution in an effort to secure a meeting to discuss a moratorium on executions. ABC Documentary last defense It explores Jones’ fight to avoid the death penalty and attract the support of celebrities, especially those with connections to Oklahoma.
Supporters chant prayers outside the Capitol
A group of supporters gathered outside the Oklahoma State Capitol, according to Sharda Gray of Fox 25.
As the execution date approaches, they arrive together and urge Governor State to follow the Pardon and Parole Board’s recommendation to ease Julius Jones’ execution.
Helen, ElverNovember 17, 2021 14:11
Petition against the execution of Julius Jones has gained 6 million signatures
A petition with 6 million signatures was delivered to the Pardon and Parole Board today by activists hoping to help stop the execution of Julius Jones.
The change.org petition called “Julius Jones is innocent.” Don’t let him be executed by the state of Oklahoma, he says he spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, with only one hour of sunlight a day, three times a week.
Helen, ElverNovember 17, 2021 13:42
Julius Jones’ mother took a picture trying to talk to the Governor of Oklahoma
Julius Jones’ family attempted to speak to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.
A group including his mother, Madeline Davis Jones, and some others (not related to Jones) were photographed outside his office on Monday.
Eleanor SlyNovember 17, 2021 13:12
The race to save Julius Jones from the death chamber
The 1999 murder of Paul Howell was meaningless and impressive.
The murder, in front of his two young daughters, devastated his family and stunned the surrounding community. Hundreds of officers and heavily armed SWAT teams have deployed throughout suburban Oklahoma City, searching for two black teens accused of killing a wealthy white businessman during a car theft.
Once the police arrested the suspect, 19-year-old Julius Jones, the state’s most prominent attorney general and newspaper editorial board, called for the death penalty within days, long before all the facts were established.
Eleanor SlyNovember 17, 2021 12:15
Parole board members expressed doubts about the evidence at the beginning of the month
Several parole board members said at a hearing in early November that they had doubts about the evidence.
“I continue to believe there is still skepticism in this case,” said board member Kelly Doyle.
However, Richard Smothermon, the former attorney general, said he did not believe Jones’ account of the murder before he voted against the pardon.
“To believe in Mr. Jones’ theory of the case, you have to expiate every other evidence in the case.” This should include physical evidence, testimonies from law enforcement officers and independent witnesses, he said.
Eleanor SlyNovember 17, 2021 11:32
Police Palace Governor as Oklahoma considers execution of Julius Jones
Oklahoma City police officers began erecting barricades around the governor’s mansion, The Black Times Reports reported, as Governor Kevin Stitt considers halting the imminent execution of controversial Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones.
The state parole board has twice recommended that Jones, on death row for the 1999 murder of Paul Howell, be removed from death row, citing suspicions about his true guilt. However, the decision ultimately rests with Governor State, and enforcement will take place on November 18 unless he chooses to grant a pardon to Jones.
Eleanor SlyNovember 17, 2021 10:35
The Legal Defense Fund expresses its views on the Julius Jones case
The United States Legal Defense Fund, an organization that works with civil rights law, has indicated its position on Julius Jones.
They wrote on Twitter: “There is strong evidence that Julius Jones is innocent.”
Eleanor SlyNovember 17, 2021 09:45
Julius Jones: Family waiting outside the Oklahoma governor’s office in vain before execution
The family of death row inmate Julius Jones waited for hours Monday outside the Oklahoma governor’s office in a bid to make a final desperate plea before the 41-year-old’s execution scheduled for November 18.
Jones, who has spent more than half his life in prison, was convicted of the 1999 murder of Oklahoma City businessman Paul Howell, who was shot dead in front of his two young daughters. He was sentenced to death at the height of the “hard crime” era. He has maintained his innocence since his arrest, when he was a 19-year-old student at the University of Oklahoma, and has insisted that he was accused by a witness witness.
The Oklahoma Parole Board recommended a commutation of Jones’ sentence in a row with the Howell family and the Oklahoma District Attorney’s office. Jones is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Thursday.
Eleanor SlyNovember 17, 2021 08:57
Julius Jones’ family was still hoping for his release just two months ago
Julius Jones’ family was still hoping for his release when they spoke on ABC’s Nightline in September.
This came as Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board proposed changing Jones’ sentence to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.
At the time, Jones’ mother, Madeline Davis Jones, said the parole board’s decision gave her renewed hope that her son would survive and called the news “magical.”
Meanwhile, Jones’ sister said she hoped he would be released, saying she could envision justice for her brother.
Julius was able to feel the sun on his skin, and the natural sun on his skin. He seems to have no strings [on] “When he goes outside, it feels like freedom,” she said.
Eleanor SlyNovember 17, 2021 08:25
Kim Kardashian takes to Twitter to issue a petition
Ahead of Julius Jones’ scheduled execution on Thursday, Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to express her feelings about the situation.
In an emotional blog, the celebrity wrote: “At 9pm the day before his execution, # Julius Jones Phone privileges will be terminated and he will have his last meal.
He will be checked every 15 minutes for the last four hours of his life.
“After that, he is killed.”
Eleanor SlyNovember 17, 2021 07:37