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Execution dates set for Julius Jones, several other Oklahoma death row inmates

Death Row Appeal Oklahoma
Posted at 12:50 PM, Sep 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-16 17:34:18-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — Execution dates are set for Julius Jones and six other Oklahoma death row inmates, according to court documents filed Monday.

Jones is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 18.

The date for Jones is in place despite the state's Pardon and Parole Board recommending the commutation of his death sentence.

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Jones is still waiting for Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to make the final decision on whether or not to downgrade his sentence to life in prison.

Jones's lawyers filed an objection following the date being set, arguing that it's inappropriate to have it scheduled until Stitt has made a decision.

“Acknowledging the powerful evidence that Julius Jones was wrongfully convicted and that Oklahoma is at risk of executing an innocent man, Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board has voted in favor of commuting his death sentence. The request is now on Governor Stitt’s desk. Given the setting of a November 18 execution date, it is our hope the Governor adopts the Board’s recommendation and commutes Julius’s death sentence. Oklahoma must not allow an innocent man to be executed.”
Amanda Bass, Assistant Federal Public Defender, attorney for Julius Jones

The governor's office told 2 News Oklahoma that Stitt "takes his role in this process seriously and will carefully consider the Pardon and Parole Board’s recommendation as he does in all cases."

Here are the execution dates filed Monday:

  • John Grant: Oct. 28
  • Julius Jones: Nov. 18
  • Bigler Stouffer: Dec. 9
  • Wade Lay: Jan. 6
  • Donald Grant: Jan. 27
  • Gilbert Postelle: Feb. 17
  • James Coddington: March 10

These are the first executions scheduled since the 'botched' execution of Clayton Lockett in 2014 and other issues with the lethal injections in the state led to a moratorium.

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