Oklahoma governor defers decision on commuting Julius Jones

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he will not resolve whether or not to spare Julius Jones from a deadly injection till after Jones has a clemency listening to earlier than the state Pardons and Parole Board

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt stated Tuesday that he is not going to resolve whether or not to spare Julius Jones from a deadly injection till after Jones has a clemency listening to earlier than the state Pardons and Parole Board.

The board already had beneficial that Stitt commute Jones’ demise sentence to life imprisonment. The case drew nationwide consideration after being featured in 2018 on the ABC tv documentary collection “The Last Defense.”

In a Tuesday assertion, although, the Republican governor stated a clemency listening to, not a commutation listening to, could be the suitable discussion board for demise row instances.

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“Clemency hearings are more intensive and thorough than a commutation hearing and include the option for the inmate to speak publicly before the Pardon and Parole Board, as well as the victim’s family and attorneys from both sides,” Stitt said. “The precedent in Oklahoma is for death row inmates to receive the clemency hearings to which they are entitled prior to their execution date.”

Jones’ legal professional didn’t instantly return a message looking for remark.

State legislation requires clemency hearings at the least 21 days earlier than a scheduled execution date. Jones is scheduled to die on Nov. 18.

The case has drawn the eye of actuality tv star Kim Kardashian West and quite a few skilled athletes with ties to Oklahoma, who’ve appealed for clemency.

Jones, 41, has constantly maintained that he’s harmless of the killing and alleged that he was framed by the precise killer, a highschool good friend and former co-defendant who was a key witness in opposition to him.

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District Lawyer David Prater of Oklahoma County, the place the killing occurred, and Oklahoma’s former legal professional normal, Mike Hunter, have stated the proof in opposition to Jones is overwhelming.