Oklahoma’s governor has granted Richard Glossip a 60-day keep of execution whereas a state appeals courtroom considers his declare of innocence.
Kevin Stitt signed an government order on Tuesday delaying Glossip’s execution for the 1997 killing of Glossip’s boss, Barry Van Treese, a motel proprietor, that was scheduled for 22 September.
“This keep is granted to permit time for the Oklahoma courtroom of legal appeals to handle a pending authorized continuing,” the order states.
A Stitt spokeswoman declined to touch upon the governor’s resolution, which additionally signifies that a clemency listening to earlier than the Oklahoma pardon and parole board that was scheduled for subsequent week might be delayed.
Glossip requested for a brand new evidentiary listening to following the discharge of an unbiased investigation by the Houston regulation agency Reed Smith that raised new questions on his guilt.
The agency’s report didn’t discover any definitive proof of Glossip’s innocence, nevertheless it raised considerations about misplaced or destroyed proof and a detective asking main inquiries to Glossip’s co-defendant, Justin Sneed, to implicate Glossip within the killing.
Sneed admitted killing Van Treese however mentioned he had achieved so at Glossip’s path. Sneed was sentenced to life in jail and was a key witness in opposition to Glossip.
“We’re extraordinarily grateful for Governor Stitt’s considerate and compassionate resolution to grant a 60-day reprieve for Wealthy’s execution date, and to take action sufficiently prematurely of the August 23 clemency listening to to spare everybody the trauma that such a listening to entails,” Glossip’s lawyer Don Knight mentioned in an announcement.
“This may even spare Mr Glossip from starting the merciless execution protocol for a fourth time. We notice that new proof of innocence continues to be uncovered on an nearly each day foundation, together with compelling proof of admitted killer Justin Sneed’s want to recant his testimony accusing Mr Glossip of orchestrating the homicide of Barry Van Treese.”
Glossip, 59, has lengthy maintained his innocence. He has been scheduled to be executed three separate occasions, solely to be spared shortly earlier than the sentence was set to be carried out.
He was simply hours from being executed in September 2015 when jail officers realized they’d obtained the fallacious deadly drug, a mix-up that helped immediate a virtually seven-year moratorium on the demise penalty in Oklahoma.