Oklahoma set to execute man whose lawyers claim is innocent

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Execution would be Oklahoma’s first since ruling on drugs.

Key events in the criminal case against Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, who is scheduled to be executed Wednesday after being given a two-week reprieve so a court could consider a claim that he was framed. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A death row inmate’s scheduled execution for his role in a 1997 motel killing would be the first in Oklahoma since the nation’s highest court upheld the state’s three-drug lethal injection formula.

And although it wasn’t enough to save her life from the death penalty it may spark renewed hope for an Oklahoma man scheduled to die by lethal injection tomorrow. Jan. 7, 1997 — Van Treese is found beaten to death in Room 102 at the Oklahoma City motel, where he was staying while delivering paychecks to employees and picking up money for deposit from motels he owned across the state. Jan. 14, 1997 — Motel maintenance man Justin Sneed, who was found with $1,700 after Van Treese’s death, is also arrested in connection to the death.

Glossip was the lead plaintiff in a separate case in which his attorneys argued the sedative midazolam did not adequately render an inmate unconscious before the second and third drugs were administered. June 1998 — During Glossip’s trial, Sneed tells an Oklahoma County jury that Glossip feared for his job and promised Sneed $10,000 if he would rob and kill Van Treese. July 17, 2001 — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturns Glossip’s conviction, saying evidence to support Sneed’s testimony was “extremely weak,” Glossip’s lawyer was ineffective and jurors appeared to have consulted a Bible during deliberations, contrary to proper court procedures. November 2008 — Glossip pursues a federal appeal, arguing prosecutors were wrong to hang posters in the courtroom outlining their evidence and that the judge shouldn’t have let jurors hear victim-impact statements.

But in a 3-2 decision earlier this week, the same court denied Glossip’s request for an evidentiary hearing and emergency stay of execution, paving the way for his execution to proceed. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds conviction, says Glossip’s second trial was “fundamentally fair” and cites trial testimony that showed the motel’s books were short and that Van Treese had imposed a deadline for Glossip to straighten them out. June 25, 2014 — Following the botched April 2014 execution of another Oklahoma inmate, Glossip and 20 other inmates file a federal lawsuit alleging Oklahoma unconstitutionally allows an “ever-changing array of untried drugs” during executions. Over and over again, courts have rejected his arguments and the information he has presented to support them.” Oklahoma first used midazolam last year in the execution of Clayton Lockett, who writhed on the gurney, moaned and clenched his teeth for several minutes before prison officials tried to halt the process. Separately, the state delays several inmates’ executions, including moving Glossip’s date from November 2014 to January 2015, saying it needed time to obtain lethal drugs.

Supreme Court agrees to consider whether Oklahoma can use midazolam, a surgical sedative, during executions, prompting another delay in Glossip’s execution. There was no physical evidence found linking him to the murder, the conviction relied heavily on the testimony of Justin snooed, the man who confessed to the actual murder and is currently serving a life sentence in prison. Sept. 16, 2015 — The appeals court halts Glossip’s execution, grants his attorneys two weeks to raise new arguments and resets the execution for Sept. 30. Supreme Court to intervene, saying Oklahoma should not be able to “summarily … execute” a prisoner without giving full consideration to new evidence. Richard glossip has been convicted of not one but two juries of 12 by murder in the first degree, that he intentionally masterminded the murder of a 54-year-old father, of five children.

You believe that if you’re unjustly accused that people will realize it and it’s just — I’m heartbroken for the state our judicial system as much as I’m heartbroken for man.

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