Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus To Discuss Julius Jones, Death Penalty In Oklahoma

Beverly Cantrell - November 3, 2021 11:23 am

OKLAHOMA CITY – News 9

Oklahoma’s Legislative Black Caucus is addressing the clemency recommendation for death row inmate Julius Jones.

State Representatives Jason Lowe, Marie Turner and others will be speaking at 11 a.m. Wednesday, showing their support for removing Julius Jones off death row.

Earlier this week the pardon and parole board recommended clemency for Jones, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1999 murder of Edmond businessman Paul Howell.

They also recommended his sentence be commuted to life in prison, with the possibility of parole.

Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus To Discuss Julius Jones, Death Penalty In Oklahoma

Julius Jones speaking at his clemency hearing Monday, November 1, 2021

Now, Governor Kevin Stitt will make the final decision on that.

Representative Jason Lowe says that Oklahoma’s legal system is at a crossroads right now and is at the mercy of human error.

He wants the Governor to follow the pardon and parole board recommendation and that “State-sanctioned violence will never be the answer to achieving true restorative justice.”

Jones’ execution is set for November 18th, 2021. Jones’ attorneys will likely ask for a stay of execution if the Governor doesn’t make a decision soon.

 

 

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