Execution of Julius Jones – update: family begs governor for last minute clemency
Julius Jones supporters rally outside Oklahoma governor’s house ahead of execution
Julius Jones is due to be executed by the state of Oklahoma on Thursday.
Mr Jones’ family and supporters – a group that includes celebrities like Kim Kardashian and basketball player Russell Westbrook – have pressured Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to commute the man’s sentence in life imprisonment, but so far Mr Stitt has not indicated that he is considering an annulment. .
Mr Stitt also faces international pressure after the European Union Ambassador to the United States wrote a letter calling on him to stop the execution and a petition against the execution gathered more than 6 million signatures.
Jones, 41, has spent more than half of his life in prison after being indicted and convicted of murdering Paul Howell in a 1999 carjacking. He maintained he was innocent of the crime and had was trapped by his then friend and co-accused, who allegedly shot Mr. Howell.
The state has sentenced Jones to death by lethal injection, making him only the second prisoner to be executed since the state took a six-year hiatus after using the deadly drug preparation after a series of botched executions. The first person to be executed since the moratorium was lifted, a 60-year-old inmate, had seizures and vomiting during the execution, which raised further questions about the drug.
Jones and his supporters visited Mr Stitt’s office in the days leading up to the execution in an attempt to secure a meeting to discuss a stay of execution. ABC documentary The last defense explores Jones’ fight to avoid the death penalty and has garnered celebrity support, especially those with Oklahoma ties.
David Cox’s stepdaughter opens up about when Cox killed her mother
David Cox’s 23-year-old daughter-in-law, who was executed in Mississippi on Wednesday, recalled the painful moment she saw her mother lying on the ground, bleeding after Cox shot her.
Lindsey Kirk was only 8 years old when her mother was murdered by Cox.
Talk to Associated press, just a day before his execution at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Ms. Kirk said, “When I found out he wanted to go ahead and be done with (the execution), I didn’t wasn’t really happy about it. Like, I just wanted him to sit there. Guess I’m okay with that now.
Cox, before his execution, had said he was “worthy of death”.
Recalling the day he shot his mother, Ms. Kirk said: “A gunshot went through the screen door, and he came running in and told me not to move. He then took his daughter-in-law there and “Mum was lying on the floor.” She was bleeding, ”Ms. Kirk recalls. Her brother “got curled up in a closet.”
Cox also sexually assaulted her three times in front of her dying mother.
Maroosha MuzaffarNovember 18, 2021 6:56 AM
60% of Oklahoma City voters support commutation of Julius Jones’ death sentence
An investigation by the Death Penalty Information Center found earlier this year that “60% of those who said they were aware of the death row inmate Julius Jones’ case believe the authorities of the Oklahoma should commute his death sentence ”.
The center surveyed 500 registered voters in Oklahoma between June 24 and June 28 of this year and said awareness of the death row case had “dramatically” increased in the state.
Julius Jones, 41, was sentenced to death for the murder of a businessman – Paul Howell – in 1999 during a carjacking.
Meanwhile, until November 17 of this year, ten prisoners have been executed in the United States by the federal and state governments.
Maroosha MuzaffarNovember 18, 2021 6:41 AM
Spain joins list of European countries calling for leniency for Julius Jones
Spain has become the latest European nation to join other EU countries in their calls for leniency.
The ambassadors of France, Belgium and Denmark have already joined the EU’s call for leniency for Julius Jones.
Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, confirmed this in a tweet.
He tweeted: “Spain has now joined the list of European countries calling for leniency for #JuliusJones. @SpainMFA @EUintheUS @EUAmbUS @GovStitt @ justice4julius @DPInfoCtr #Oklahoma #deathpenalty »
Jones, 41, was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 1999 murder of a businessman, Paul Howell, in a carjacking.
Meanwhile, Governor Kevin Stitt has said nothing about granting clemency to Jones.
There is a growing clamor surrounding this execution which is slated for Thursday, with many organizations and public figures supporting the cause.
Maroosha MuzaffarNovember 18, 2021 5:47 AM
Mississippi witnesses first execution since 2012
Even as clemency calls for Julius Jones gain momentum around the world, the state of Mississippi witnessed its first execution since 2012 last night.
David Neal Cox was pronounced dead by state officials at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman.
In 2012, Cox pleaded guilty to the capital murder of his wife, Kim Kirk Cox, and several other counts, including sexual assault against his stepdaughter.
Cox had also called himself “worthy of death” in court documents after a jury handed him the death penalty.
Burl Cain, the commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, said Cox’s last words were for his children.
Mr Cain said Cox told him, “I want my kids to know that I love them very much and that I was a good man at one point. Never read anything other than the King James Bible. thank the commissioner for being so nice to me, and that’s all I have to say.
Cox’s family remained silent about his execution and also did not attend the execution.
Mr Cain said: “We don’t know of any comments they wanted to make. If they wanted to make a comment, they would be there, I guess.
Maroosha MuzaffarNovember 18, 2021 5:02 AM
ICYMI: Jones and family share final moments as hope of staying execution fades
Julius Jones’ family last visited him on Wednesday, the day before his execution at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, unless Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt canceled it.
here is The independentHigh level inmates on the last full day behind bars before his potential execution.
Josh marcusNovember 18, 2021 2:30 AM
Amanda Knox: “Please be compassionate”
Amanda Knox called on Governor Stitt to “show compassion, humanity, courage and reason”.
Josh marcusNovember 18, 2021 2:10 AM
“Julius will not be alone”: vigils are planned for the day of the execution of Julius Jone
Activists are planning vigils for Julius Jones at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, where he is due to be executed Thursday afternoon, as well as outside the office of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.
As Justice for Julius activist Jess Eddy said on Twitter on Wednesday, “Julius won’t be alone.
Josh marcusNovember 18, 2021 1:45 AM
Julius Jones on ‘death watch’ as authorities prepare final meal
Julius Jones’ execution is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, November 18, and Oklahoma prison officials have now placed him under state “death watch” protocols.
He is now under constant surveillance in a 24/7 lighted room due to security concerns, and his outside of the bare minimum belongings have been boxed for shipment to his family. Wednesday evening, he will have his last meal.
Oklahoma has a checkered history of botched executions in recent years, with inmates like John Grant in noticeable pain, while others have been given the wrong medication. Part of the death watch protocol involves officials making sure they have the right lethal injection chemicals on hand.
Even though officials have the proper medication, the state’s method of execution has proven controversial, with a number of Oklahoma death row inmates suing and claiming they cause unnecessary pain.
On the day of the execution, Jones will be allowed a brief visit to his attorneys and given the opportunity to say his final words.
Josh marcusNovember 18, 2021 1:15 AM
Parole Board casts doubt on Oklahoma executions
The Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board voted 3-2 on Wednesday to recommend leniency for death row inmate Bigler Stouffer.
Stouffer was sentenced to death for the 1985 murder of Putnam City teacher Linda Reaves and the murder of Doug Ivens.
The board recommended leniency on Wednesday while acknowledging that Stouffer is not innocent of the crimes he was convicted of.
Board members expressed concerns about state death penalty procedures following the October 28 execution of John Grant, the first state inmate killed since the moratorium on related executions was lifted to sloppy procedures.
Grant had seizures and vomited while receiving the lethal injection, but the state said the execution went as planned.
Stouffer is the second consecutive death row inmate to receive a recommendation of clemency after Grant’s death. Julius Jones, whose execution is slated for Thursday, is awaiting a final ruling on his leniency from Governor Kevin Stitt.
Josh marcusNovember 18, 2021 12:50 AM
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights calls on US to suspend execution of Julius Jones
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has called on the federal government to postpone the execution of Julius Jones, at least until it can consider a request before the body seeking to stay the murder.
In the future, there is a risk of executing a man who may not have benefited from “the right to a fair trial and guarantees of due process, equality and non-discrimination,” the author wrote. commission, explaining its decision.
Josh marcusNovember 18, 2021 12:20 AM