Charlie Buttrey

November 18, 2021

Unless Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt exercises his executive prerogative, today will be Julius Jones’ last day on earth.

Jones was sentenced to death for a murder that was committed in 1999 and which he insists he did not commit. According to the Innocence Project:

– Jones had alibi witnesses placing him at home having dinner with his parents and sister at the time of the murder, but his attorneys didn’t present an alibi at trial, and did not call his family members to the stand.

– The sole eyewitness to the crime described the killer as having 1-2 inches of hair. Jones’ head was shaved.

– A man named Christopher Jordan matched the eyewitness’ hair description, but claimed only to have been the “getaway driver” and not the shooter at trial. He was the State’s star witness against Mr. Jones. In exchange for testifying that Mr. Jones was the shooter, Mr. Jordan was given a plea deal for his alleged role as the “getaway driver.” He served 15 years in prison and is now free.

Three people incarcerated with Mr. Jordan at different times have said in sworn affidavits that Mr. Jordan told each of them that he committed the murder and framed Mr. Jones. None of these three men have met Mr. Jones, they do not know one another, and none was offered any incentive in exchange for disclosing Mr. Jordan’s confessions.

– On November 1st, Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 to recommend clemency for Julius Jones on Nov. 1. The ultimate decision to commute the sentence now lies entirely in Governor Stitt’s hands.

Many years ago, during a debate on the possible reinstatement of the death penalty in Britain, Roy Jenkins, a member of Parliament said this: ”The frailty of human judgment is too great for the finality of the punishment.”

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