Julius Jones supporters gather outside Oklahoma governor’s house ahead of execution
Jones’ attorneys filed an emergency injunction hoping to halt his execution, arguing that the state’s recent lethal injections have been riddled with problems that cause lingering, torturous pain and suffering for the inmates sentenced to death. The attorneys hope that by proving that Oklahoma’s lethal injections qualify as “cruel and unusual punishment” they can at least buy their client more time.
Baker Mayfield, quarterback for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, weighed in on Oklahoma’s highest-profile execution in decades.
Mayfield, a Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Oklahoma, is among several high-profile athletes and entertainers who have weighed in on Jones’ case, urging Republican governor Kevin Stitt to commute his sentence and spare his life.
“Yeah, it’s pretty rough, to be honest with you,” Mayfield said Wednesday, pausing and his eyes filling with tears. “That’s not something that’s easy to talk about. Been trying to get the facts stated and the truth to be told for a while.
“It’s a shame that it’s gotten this far, 24 hours away. You know, hopefully, God can intervene, and handle it correctly and do the things he needs to do.”
Mr Stitt is also facing international pressure after the European Union’s ambassador to the US penned a letter calling on him to stop the execution and a petition against the execution has garnered more than 6 million signatures.
Jones, 41, has spent more than half of his life in prison after he was charged and convicted of the murder of Paul Howell during a 1999 carjacking. He has maintained that he is innocent of the crime and was framed by his then-friend and co-defendant, who allegedly actually shot Mr Howell.
Students in Oklahoma to stage walkouts in support of Julius Jones
Students in several Oklahoma school districts will stage walkouts in support of Julius Jones.
The students will join the crowded field of celebrities, business leaders, politicians, and international officials calling for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to commute Jones’ sentence.
The known participating schools are listed below.
Graig Graziosi18 November 2021 17:56
Julius Jones attorneys file for emergency injunction to stay execution, arguing Oklahoma’s lethal injection is torture
The attorneys representing Julius Jones and another Oklahoma death row inmate have filed an emergency injunction to halt the executions, arguing that the state’s previously botched executions are evidence that its methods produce “severe pain and suffering” beyond what is permissible under the US Constitution.
The Independent’s Justin Vallejo has more on the injunction in his story below…
Graig Graziosi18 November 2021 16:55
British billionaire Richard Branson calls for Julius Jones to be spared
British billionaire business magnate Richard Branson shared a letter on Twitter calling on Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma to spare the life of Julius Jones.
“Governor, it’s no secret where I stand on the death penalty. I know the world would be a better place without it. But no matter what your position, you must agree that no innocent person deserves to die. In Julius’ case, that risk is too great,” Mr Branson wrote. “At this moment, the decision whether a fellow human being will live or die rests solely with you. Please choose life. I respectfully ask that you follow the Board’s recommendation and grant clemency to Julius Jones. It’s the fair and just thing to do.”
You can read his full letter below…
Graig Graziosi18 November 2021 16:23
Julius Jones’ lawyer releases statement slamming Governor for silence
Julius Jones’ attorney, Amanda Bass, released a statement slamming Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt for his silence and further calling for her client to be spared the death penalty.
Ms Bass pointed out that the state’s Pardon and Parole Board has not only twice recommended that Jones be granted clemency, but that the board does not have confidence the state can even carry out an execution humanely.
Read her full statement below…
Graig Graziosi18 November 2021 15:56
Julius Jones supporters arrive at state penitentiary
Advocates for Julius Jones began arriving at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, where Jones is set to be executed today at 4pm.
Supporters – including celebrities, professional athletes, and even foreign countries – have been pushing for Governor Kevin Stitt to stay the execution and commute Jones’ sentence to life in prison.
Graig Graziosi18 November 2021 15:15
Alicia Keys joins calls to stop the execution
Award winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has also joined calls to for Julius Jones to receive clemency.
In a Twitter post she called on the Oklahoma governor to “stop the execution of Julius Jones.”
Graig Graziosi18 November 2021 14:43
Steve Kerr joins calls for Julius Jones to receive clemency
Steve Kerr has again joined calls for Julius Jones to be granted clemency. In a video posted yesterday, the Golden State Warriors coach called on governor Stitt to grant clemency in the case.
“This can not happen in a civilised nation,” Kerr said.
Thomas Kingsley18 November 2021 14:30
Dontae Sharpe: Man wrongfully jailed for 24 years despite state witness admitting she lied is finally pardoned
North Carolina last week saw a man wrongfully jailed for 24 years granted full clemency by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
Mr Sharpe was just 19-years-old when he was arrested and charged with the 1994 murder of 33-year-old George Radcliffe in Greenville, North Carolina, during what prosecutors said was a drug deal gone wrong.
His conviction was largely based on the testimony of a 15-year-old girl who claimed she saw Mr Sharpe, who is Black, shoot and kill Mr Radcliffe, who was white.
The girl admitted at Mr Sharpe’s trial that she had been paid $500 to come forward.
Our reporter Rachel Sharp has the full story below:
Thomas Kingsley18 November 2021 13:50
ICYMI: Kim Kardashian issues passionate anti-death penalty plea ahead of Julius Jones’ scheduled execution
Kim Kardashian has been one of the highest profile celebrities to support inmate Julius Jones, and called for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to spare his life.
Jones is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Thursday. The 41-year-old inmate has spent more than half of his life in prison, after being convicted of murdering businessman Paul Howell during a 1999 carjacking when he was 19-years-old – a crime he maintains he did not commit.
The Kardashian issued a statement after Jones’ mother was refused an 11th-hour meeting with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, in a last-ditch attempt to call off her son’s execution.
Our reporter Jade Bremmer has the full report below:
Thomas Kingsley18 November 2021 13:10
Watch: Baker Mayfield tears up discussing Julius Jones case
Baker Mayfield teared up discussing Julius Jones’ case as the death row inmate is scheduled to be executed unless governor Kevin Stitt grants him clemency.
Thomas Kingsley18 November 2021 12:31