Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt Grants Julius Jones Clemency

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has granted clemency to death row inmate Julius Jones following a recommendation from the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

“After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this case, I have determined to commute Julius Jones’ sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole,” said Stitt.

Jones and other Oklahoma death row inmates have filed an emergency motion just four hours before execution.

“The Execution Protocol and the use of midazolam, as well as the cursory consciousness checks [are] done under the Protocol, pose a serious and substantial risk of severe suffering and pain to prisoners,” said the motion.

Jones has spent nearly 20 years on death row for the 1999 fatal shooting of Edmond insurance executive Paul Howell during a carjacking and was given the death penalty as punishment at a 2002 trial.

Jones maintained his innocence and said it was his co-defendant who killed Howell.

Jones’ sentence however will be commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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