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Family of death row inmate ask to meet state governor

The family of death row inmate Julius Jones on Monday (November 15), visited the Oklahoma state capitol building in a bid to meet governor Kevin Stitt to call for an act of clemency.

A spokesperson for Stitt told the family that they had received their letter and that would be taken into consideration.

Jones is due to be executed on Thursday (November 18) after a stay of execution was overturned on Oct. 25 when a federal judge ruled that Oklahoma state need need not delay planned executions while a court case challenging the state’s three-drug protocol for killing condemned inmates is adjudicated.

Jones, 41, who was sentenced to death for murdering an insurance executive gunned down in his driveway has always maintained his innocence in a case that has attracted attention from celebrities and anti-death penalty activists.

He has been on death row for 20 years.

On Oct. 28 condemned Oklahoma prisoner John Grant whose stay of execution was also overturned, convulsed and vomited before dying from a cocktail of drugs as the state conducted its first execution in years despite questions about its lethal injection protocol, a witness to the death reported.

Oklahoma had not previously carried out executions in six years, since three botched attempts ending with the death of Charles Frederick Warner in 2015. Warner, who was convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-month-old baby, was executed using the wrong drug, officials said later.

The previous year, Clayton Lockett, convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping, regained consciousness and raised his head after the execution procedure began, only to die in apparent anguish less than an hour later, court records show.

Also in 2014, condemned inmate Michael Wilson’s final words were, “I feel my whole body burning,” attorneys wrote in a lawsuit challenging the execution procedure.

(Production: Chiara Rodriquez, Martin Veal)


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