Oklahoma dying row inmate Julius Jones may have his sentence commuted. The state’s pardon and parole board voted Monday (Sept. 13) to advocate Jones’ dying sentence be modified to life with the potential for parole. The board voted 3-1 in Jones’ favor.
Jones, 41, faces execution for the 1999 carjacking and taking pictures of Paul Howell, an insurance coverage government who had returned from an ice cream run together with his sister and his younger daughters and had pulled into his dad and mom’ driveway. The shooter managed to drive over Howell after taking pictures him in entrance of his household.
Jone was a freshman on the College of Oklahoma on the time. He and his authorized staff have argued that Jones’ highschool acquaintance, Christopher Jordan, was liable for the crime. They are saying the next night, when Jordan stayed the night time at Jones’ home, he planted the homicide weapon and a pink bandana witnesses mentioned the assassin was sporting in Jones’ bed room crawl house. Native publication The Metropolis Sentinel experiences that the DNA on the bandana, in line with Jones’ attorneys, didn’t match that of their consumer.
NBC information experiences that Jordan has denied this, testifying that he drove the automobile with Jones the night time of the homicide however didn’t shoot Howell. Jordan acquired a life sentence on a homicide cost after admitting to his function within the killing however was launched after 15 years.
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Jones mentioned in his request for a commutation listening to that he was residence having dinner together with his dad and mom the night time Howell was killed. However at his 2000 trial, his attorneys didn’t name any witnesses on his behalf, and refused to name him to take the stand regardless of his willingness to testify on his personal behalf.
Governor J. Kevin Stitt could have the ultimate say on whether or not Jones’ sentence shall be commuted. In accordance with the Oklahoman, he might be instantly eligible for parole due to time already served. Stitt may additionally select to commute the sentence to life with out parole.
Jones’ case attracted assist from celebrities and anti-death penalty activists. Kim Kardashian visited him final yr on the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, and thousands and thousands of individuals signed a web-based petition on his behalf.
Jones’ case additionally noticed elevated urgency lately after Oklahoma’s lawyer basic requested to schedule execution dates for seven dying row prisoners, together with Jones.
Oklahoma is the state with the third highest price of prisoner executions.