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Who is Richard Glossip?

Posted at 4:07 PM, Sep 15, 2015

Richard Glossip, 52, is an Oklahoma death row inmate who is scheduled to die by lethal injection Sept. 16, 2015.

Glossip was sentenced to die for the Jan. 7, 1997 beating death of Oklahoma City motel owner Barry Van Treese.

TIMELINE: Following Glossip's case from 1997 to today

REACTION: Follow the conversation leading up to Glossip's scheduled execution

His case has gained nationwide attention with death penalty opponents Susan Sarandon and Sister Helen Prejean fighting for his right to live.

Richard Eugene Glossip was born Feb. 9, 1963 in Galesburg, Illinois to Heron and Sally Glossip. His mother's maiden name was Fields - Sally Fields.

Glossip was one of 16 children to Heron and Sally, eight boys, eight girls. At 14, he moved out and quit going to school. After a talk with a fireman who found him sleeping on a bench behind the fire station, Glossip decided to return to school.

At 16 he married a woman named Jackie. Soon thereafter, he and Jackie started a family. They had two daughters, Christina and Erica. According to his website, Glossip said he and Jackie, who is black, experienced racism due to their mixed-race marriage.

He would leave Jackie and have another daughter, Tori Lynn Glossip, with a different woman - Missy - who moved with him to Oklahoma.

After a few years, Glossip moved from Oklahoma back to Illinois and spent time in Iowa and Nebraska. Along the way, he and Missy had a boy, Ricky.

Glossip moved back to Oklahoma at the request of his parents who had retired in the Sooner state. By this time he and Missy had divorced and he was dating someone new. It was here that he took a job as a handyman at The Grand Continental Inn. From there he went to work for Van Treese at the Best Budget Inn.

It was at the Best Budget Inn that Glossip met Justin Sneed - the man who claims Glossip paid him to kill Van Treese.

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