Julius Jones execution update – Petition for justice for death row inmate as Paul Howell's family & Oklahoma Gov. talk

OVER six million people have signed a petition to spare the life of death row inmate Julius Jones, who is scheduled to be executed on Thursday for the murder of Paul Howell.

As the day approaches for Jones' execution, advocates for the inmate and family members of Paul Howell have pleaded with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to make two different decisions regarding his future.

Jones was a 19-year-old student at the University of Oklahoma when he was considered the prime suspect in the killing of 45-year-old businessman Paul Howell.

In 2002, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death at just 22 years old. He has spent decades proclaiming his innocence.

Governor Stitt informed news outlets that he will meet with all involved parties and then make his decision on whether the execution of Jones will proceed as planned.

Read our Julius Jones live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jocelyn Cook

    OKLAHOMA LAWMAKERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST EXECUTION

    Others have also called to stop Jones' execution, like Republican Oklahoma lawmakers Representatives Gary Mize and Preston Stinson, according to Newsweek.

    Rep Mize said in a statement: "The last thing the state should be doing is taking the life of someone who may be innocent."

    "We can't move forward with an execution under these circumstances in good conscience. I hope and pray Gov. Stitt accepts the recommendation of his Parole Board."

    Rep Stinson said: "Our judicial system gives judges and juries the responsibility to determine guilt and sentencing.

    "However, the Pardon and Parole Board also plays a role in this system, and in this case they have recommended clemency.

    "For that reason, I am asking Gov. Stitt to take him off of death row and accept the recommendation of his Pardon and Parole Board."

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    MARTIN LUTHER KING JR CENTER SPEAKS OUT

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center tweeted on November 14: "We have four more days to call, write, and urge Governor Stitt to do the right thing and stay the execution of #JuliusJones!"

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    'MY HEART BREAKS FOR JULIUS'

    Kim Kardashian continued to lay out the heartbreaking process for her followers on Twitter and wrote, "At 9pm the day before his execution, #JuliusJones phone privileges will be terminated and he will receive his last meal. He will be checked on every 15 minutes for the last four hours of his life."

    "Then, he will be put to death."

    "This is the cold machinery of the Death Penalty in America. In just over two weeks, an innocent man could be put to death," she added.

    "My heart breaks for Julius and so many others who have suffered from such tragic miscarriage of justice."

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    'TRAINED TO PUT HIM TO HIS DEATH'

    Kim continued to lay out what Julius Jones' execution will be like if it moves forward on Thursday.

    She noted that his "organs are not eligible for donation," like all incarcerated individuals who are executed by the Oklahoma Dept of Corrections.

    "The staff who will administer his execution are being selected and trained to put him to his death," she wrote.

    "On Thursday, the Inspector General will obtain the body bag and tag from the medical examiner’s office and all witnesses for the execution will be selected," she wrote. "Next week, they will restrict access to the unit where Julius is housed and they will perform equipment checks."

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    'BENT ON VENGEANCE'

    Kim Kardashian continued in the next tweet, "Julius is being closely monitored by staff – every meal he has and every liquid he consumes is logged."

    "His personal property has been catalogued and he has designated who is to receive it after he is put to death. He has also designated who will receive his remains."

    "The state is so bent on vengeance that they will make every effort to ensure they get to kill Julius- including reviving him if he happens to go into cardiac arrest prior to the execution," she added, alongside a screenshot outlining that procedure.

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    KIM KARDASHIAN REVEALS JONES' LIFE DAYS BEFORE HIS POSSIBLE EXECUTION

    "I want to share with you what the process of the execution is like in Oklahoma," Kim continued in a series of tweets.

    "#JuliusJones has been on death watch for more than 2 weeks. In preparation for his execution on Nov. 18, he is alone in his prison cell just feet away from the executioner’s chamber."

    "He has been strip searched, x-rayed, and issued a new set of clothes, shoes, mattress & bedding," she added.

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    'STILL HOPEFUL'

    Kim continued, "He can choose to accept the recommendation (for a 2nd time) from the Parole Board, to grant Julius Clemency/Life w. the possibility of parole or have him executed Thursday the 18th."

    "Julius, his family and everyone on his team are still hopeful Stitt will do the right thing," the reality star added.

    "Today Julius' family and close friends received invites to his execution. I can’t even imagine how they all must be feeling right now."

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    KIM KARDASHIAN TWEETS ABOUT CASE

    Kim Kardashian tweeted Monday: "I want to give u all an update on Julius Jones. We are all anxiously awaiting a decision from Governor Stitt."

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    MOM BEGS FOR SON'S LIFE

    Julius Jones' mom is begging the governor of Oklahoma to spare her son's life as he's set to receive lethal injection.

    Madeline Davis-Jones — the mom of Julius Jones, a 40-year-old prisoner who was sentenced to death in 2002 —urged Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Sunday to call off her son's execution.

    Speaking in a video, shared to Twitter on the Justice for Julius campaign page, mom Madeline said: "Governor Stitt, please send my baby boy home.

    "He is innocent and please send him home in Jesus' name. I ask you. Thank you."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHEN WAS JULIUS JONES GIVEN A STAY OF EXECUTION?

    Jones was granted a stay of execution on October 27.

    However, the state attorney general’s office released a statement saying that it planned to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court and on October 28, after Supreme Court review, it was announced that a request to vacate the stay of execution for Jones was granted.

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    KIM SPURS DRAW TO ACTION

    Kim Kardashian's call to action in the Julius Jones case has attracted the attention of superstar athletes including NFL quarterback Baker Mayfield and NBA star Russell Westbrook.

    They have both written letters to Oklahoma Gov Stitt in support of Jones' clemency.

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    WHAT HAS KIM KARDASHIAN SAID?

    After sharing the photos, she wrote in her photo caption: "I'm so thankful for the most supportive freedom fighters for Julius Jones."

    "We won't stop until we get justice."

    On October 16, 2019, Kardashian urged her followers to write to Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board as well as Gov Kevin Stitt to ask for clemency for Jones.

    She also shared a link to his advocacy website, saying: "Please help by asking the Board and @GovStitt to give careful and thoughtful consideration to his petition."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HOW IS KIM KARDASHIAN INVOLVED?

    Kim Kardashian has helped put the spotlight back on Jones' case years after it disappeared from the headlines.

    In November 2020, she visited Jones in jail a little over a year after she brought attention to his case on Twitter.

    The reality TV star shared photos of her trip to Oklahoma on Instagram and revealed that she also spoke with Jones' mother Madeline and his family at a baptist church that same day.

    The criminal justice advocate revealed that Jones "broke down in tears" when he spoke about how he missed out on taking his sister Antoinette to prom because of his wrongful conviction.

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    WHY IS JULIUS JONES ON DEATH ROW, PART THREE

    Meanwhile, Jones remains locked up at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

    He filed for clemency in October 2019 after exhausting all of his options to fight the death penalty, and his clemency report said, as reported by OU Daily: "As God is my witness, I was not involved in any way in the crimes that led to Paul Howell being shot and killed."

    "I have spent the past 20 years on death row for a crime I did not commit, did not witness, and was not at."

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    WHY IS JULIUS JONES ON DEATH ROW, PART TWO

    Jordan was the state's key witness against him, and advocates for Jones say his case has been tainted by racial discrimination.

    "We have serious concerns by the way the evidence was collected, handled, and stored," Baich said, claiming that Jones was targeted by "self-proclaimed car thugs and a gang member".

    Despite an agreement that Jordan would serve 30 years in exchange for his testimony, he walked free after serving half of that time, according to an overview of his case on JusticeForJuliusJones.com.

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    WHY IS JULIUS JONES ON DEATH ROW?

    Jones was arrested and charged with murder in 1999 when 45-year-old businessman Paul Howell was shot in his 1997 GMC Suburban less than 20 miles away from Jones' home.

    Howell's sister described the shooter as "a black man wearing a stocking cap" with "half an inch of hair hanging out," his attorney Dale Baich told OU Daily in December 2019.

    Three suspects interviewed by Edmonton Police pinned Jones and a high school basketball teammate, Christopher Jordan, as the alleged carjacking murderers.

    Despite a lack of evidence to directly connect Jones to Howell's killing, he was sentenced to death and 40 years in prison in 2002.

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    STAY OF EXECUTION VACATED

    However, on October 28, it was announced that a request to vacate the stays of execution for Jones was granted after Supreme Court review.

    He is scheduled to be executed on November 18.

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    WAS JULIUS JONES GIVEN A STAY OF EXECUTION?

    Jones was granted a stay of execution on October 27.

    However, the state attorney general’s office released a statement saying that it planned to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.

    The statement read: "We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will vacate the stay so that justice can finally be served for the people of Oklahoma, including the families of the victims of these horrific crimes."

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    'I COULDN'T STAND BY WHILE AN INNOCENT MAN WAS KILLED'

    Cece Jones-Davis (Julius Jones Coalition), who wrote the petition, added that, "As a person of color and a person of faith, I knew that I couldn’t stand by while an innocent man was killed."

    "I am an Oklahoma taxpayer and the idea that my money will be used to kill Julius makes me sick," she added in the petition. "Every day an innocent man is forced to sit in solitary confinement, awaiting his death."

    The petition noted that, "Recently, a grassroots movement successfully pressured Texas to stay the execution of Rodney Reed, another black man sentenced to death for a crime he says he didn’t commit. If we can save Rodney, then Julius has a chance," and asked readers to, "join me and demand justice for Julius."

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    PETITION CLAIMS RACIAL PREJUDICE IN CASE

    The petition continued, "Newly-discovered evidence shows that at least one juror harbored racial prejudice that influenced his vote to convict and sentence Mr. Jones to death."

    "One juror reported telling the judge about another juror who said the trial was a waste of time and 'they should just take the n****r out and shoot him behind the jail.'"

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    PETITION CLAIMS JONES HAS ALIBI

    The petition further added, "Eyewitnesses place Mr. Jones at his parents’ home at the time of the murder, miles away from the crime scene."

    It also claims that "Mr. Jones’ co-defendant admitted to being involved in the crime and is now free after testifying against Julius. He was heard bragging that he 'set Julius up.'"

    "Mr. Jones’ co-defendant matches the only eyewitness description of the shooter based on the length of his hair," the petition says.

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    WHAT DOES THE JULIUS JONES PETITION SAY, CONTINUED

    The petition continues, "At the time of the crime for which he was convicted, Julius was a 19-year-old student athlete with a promising future, attending the University of Oklahoma on an academic scholarship."

    "It is clear that Julius’ lawyer did not adequately defend him, and that explicit racial bias played a significant role in the process."

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    WHAT DOES THE JULIUS JONES PETITION SAY?

    The Julius Jones petition reads: "When Julius Jones was 19-years-old, he was convicted of a murder he says he did not commit. I need your help to save his life."

    "Julius has lived on death row for almost 20 years, and is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. He is allowed one hour of sunlight a day, and three showers a week."

    "Every minute we wait to take action, Julius is suffering. Every second that goes by brings Julius closer to being executed for a crime he didn’t commit."

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    PETITIONS CLAIMS INNOCENCE

    A Change.org petition for Julius Jones has garnered over six million signatures.

    It claims he spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement as he awaits his fate.

    The petition, titled "Julius Jones is innocent. Don't let him be executed by the state of Oklahoma", details his living conditions on death row, and hopes to help stay the execution of Jones.

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