Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-10-17 01:29:48 –
Oklahoma City (Free press) — Julius Jones supporters gathered at Memorial Park on Saturday to call on Jones to be pardoned by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.
Participants in the rally heard speeches in favor of Jones and against the death penalty anyway.
The group then marched about 40 blocks on the street in front of the Oklahoma County Annex, where DA David Prater protested the handling of the case over the last two decades.
Prater’s recent efforts in the Jones case included attempting to remove three members of the Amnesty and Parole Commission from the trial of the unsuccessful case.
Jones is currently monitoring death in a cell next to the Death Room in McAllister Prison.
His last chance to avoid the death penalty, his amnesty hearing, is scheduled for October 26, in front of the Amnesty and Parole Commission.
Failed to commutate
Earlier, the board met and heard at Jones’s commutation trial, but in the end Stitt recommended that Jones’ death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment.
Read the coverage of that hearing:
However, Stitt chose to ignore the board’s recommendations.
“I have not accepted the Amnesty and Parole Commission’s recommendation to reduce Julius Jones’ sentence, because the amnesty trial, not the commutation trial, considers the case in our state on death row. Because it’s a better place for you, “Stitt said.
Jones was on death row for half his life after being convicted of killing Paul Howell and Edmond residents in 2000.
Questions about the ability of two public lawyers out of their league to defend Jones in the murder and questions about the testimony given by his alleged accomplice have endured for years.
“He is innocent”
Kimberly Morton lost support for Jones and attended the rally, telling Free Press that he believed that Jones should not be on death row and should not be put in jail.
“I researched the story and investigated it,” Morton said. “I felt he was innocent. Yes, he is innocent,” Morton said.
Against the death penalty
Freepress spoke with two people at a rally that was categorically opposed to anyone’s death penalty, except in the case of Jones.
“I’m here because I oppose the death penalty in all innocent and guilty cases,” James England told us. “You don’t need a state to decide who lives and who dies.”
Jobes Hamon, a member of the Oklahoma City Council, attended rallies and marches to oppose Jones’ death sentence.
“I’m trying to prevent the state from killing the justice of the Julius group, what they’re trying to push, and this imminent deadline for his execution date and what they’re doing. I wanted to raise awareness about that, he said.
Hamon said he was categorically opposed to the death penalty anyway. “It doesn’t make sense,” Hamon said.
The rally delivered several speeches that moved attendees and encouraged the governor to continue fighting to save Julius Jones’ life.
Joshua Harris Till, a local activist, urged attendees to immediately use the phone to post on social media, “informing people that they should be here in solidarity and learning about Julius. You should know what you need to know. ” Fighting for justice for him. Do it now “
Harris Till said the “collective power” of Jones’ supporters was important in Stitt’s consideration of what to do with the Jones case.
“What we know is that there are people who are now advising the governor about his political future and saying,’This is what’s popular.’ And this is unpopular. We need Julius to make these politicians popular to go home to believe in the truth. “
The group will also hold a free rally on McAlester Sunday at 3:30 pm at 1301 N. West Street, McAlester, Oklahoma, 74501. The caravan from the Oklahoma State Capitol to the rally in Oklahoma City begins Sunday at 12:45 pm. ..
Last updated: October 17, 2021 at 0:48 am Brett Dickerson-Editor
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