OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A march is planned in support of an Oklahoma death row inmate.
Julius Jones was convicted in 2002 for the murder of Edmond resident Paul Howell. Jones was sentenced to death, but maintains his innocence almost 20 years later.
The efforts to overturn his conviction has gotten national attention. Several documentaries have been made and big name celebrities have asked for Jones to be released, including criminal justice reform advocate Kim Kardashian and local Oklahoma celebrities.
An Oklahoma City hip hop artist, Jabee Williams, went to the same school Jones' mom once taught at.
On New Year's Eve, Williams and four others are walking from Oklahoma City to McAlster to show support for Jones.
“21 years in prison and I feel like he didn't do it," Williams said. "I feel like he's paid the for the price for whoever really did.”
The group will leave the state capitol building at 5:30 in the morning; rain, sleet or snow and walk the 131 miles.
"We're dealing with snow, but he's facing death," Williams said.
Once they arrive in McAlester, they will rally in front of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary where Jones has been awaiting death row.
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