Richard Glossip survives the fourth execution date

Death row inmate Richard Glossip has been granted a 60-day stay of execution while a state appeals court examines his claim of innocence.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed an executive order delaying the execution of Glossip for the 1997 murder of motel owner Barry Van Treese, which was scheduled for September 22. The order reset Glossip’s execution date to December 22.

“This stay is granted to give time to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals [OCCA] to address pending legal proceedings,” the order said.

Stitt’s decision means Glossip, 59, has suspended or reversed a execution date four times.

Richard Glossip
Richard Glossip has been granted a 60-day stay of execution while a state appeals court examines his claim of innocence.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP, file

It also means that a pardon hearing scheduled for next week before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board will be postponed.

Stitt’s office and the office of Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor were asked for comment.

Glossip, who has long maintained his innocence, asked the OCCA for a new hearing after an independent investigation by Texas law firm Reed Smith raised concerns about lost or destroyed evidence and a detective asked leading questions to Glossip’s co-defendant Justin Sneed Glossip in implicate the murder.

Sneed admitted to killing Van Treese but said he did so on Glossip’s orders. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and was a key witness against Glossip.

“We are extremely grateful for Gov. Stitt’s thoughtful and compassionate decision to grant a 60-day reprieve to Rich’s execution, well in advance of the August 23 clemency hearing, to spare everyone the trauma that such a hearing brings.” ‘ Glossip’s attorney Don Knight said in a statement news week.

“This will also save Mr Glossip from starting the gruesome execution protocol a fourth time.”

Knight added that “new evidence of innocence is being uncovered almost daily, including compelling evidence of licensed killer Justin Sneed’s desire to recant his testimony accusing Mr Glossip of orchestrating the murder of Barry Van Treese .

“The defense team will continue to focus our efforts on bringing this evidence to OCCA for the new hearing that Rich clearly deserves.”

Rep. Kevin McDugle, who was among 62 lawmakers calling for a new hearing, said he was “grateful for Gov. Stitt’s wise decision to grant Richard Glossip a 60-day pardon to allow OCCA time to do its job.” complete.”

McDugle, who chaired the ad hoc committee of state lawmakers that asked Reed Smith to investigate the case, said the evidence that Sneed intended to retract his testimony underscores the need for a new evidentiary hearing.

“It is now undeniable that Mr. Glossip is an innocent man,” McDugle said.

“Oklahomans — including those who support and oppose the death penalty — will not allow him to be executed without a chance to call witnesses in court and face the lies of Justin Sneed that Mr. Glossip told the have been robbed for the past 25 years. Now more than ever, I urge OCCA to speedily grant the hearing of evidence his attorneys are asking for. This is the only way to right this terrible wrong.

Glossip’s latest execution date was set after a federal judge upheld the state’s lethal injection protocol in June. Glossip was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit arguing that the use of midazolam creates a risk of severe pain and suffering and violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Before that, Glossip had been served his last meal three times, each time eating the same four things: fish and chips, Wendy’s baconator, a strawberry shake, and pizza.

In September 2015, he was just hours away from his execution when prison officials realized they had been given the wrong deadly drug. This mix-up and others led to a nearly seven-year moratorium on the death penalty in Oklahoma. Richard Glossip survives the fourth execution date

Rick Schindler

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