Oklahoma governor commutes Julius Jones’ death sentence hours before planned execution

Supporters continue push for clemency for Julius Jones as execution nears

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday commuted the death sentence of Julius Jones to life in prison without the possibility of parole amid protests and a last-minute court appeal that argued the state’s execution process amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment.”Stitt’s announcement came after Jones’ supporters staged days of protests in advance of his scheduled … Read more

Supporters continue push for clemency for Julius Jones as execution nears

Supporters continue push for clemency for Julius Jones as execution nears

OKLAHOMA CITY — Students at high schools across Oklahoma City walked out of their classes. Prayer vigils were held at the state Capitol, and barricades were erected outside the governor’s mansion. Even Baker Mayfield, quarterback for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, weighed in on Oklahoma’s highest-profile execution in decades.Julius Jones, 41, who has maintained his innocence … Read more

Julius Jones is scheduled to be executed today and Oklahoma’s governor has still not decided if he will commute the death sentence

Julius Jones is scheduled to be executed today and Oklahoma's governor has still not decided if he will commute the death sentence

CNN has reached out to Gov. Stitt’s office and has not heard back.”Governor, you still have a chance, you still have time,” she said. “You have time Gov. Stitt to get this right.”The 11th-hour decision comes after years of protest over Jones’ death sentence. Speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon on Wednesday night, Jones’ mother expressed … Read more