Julius Jones’ mother, supporters seek meeting with governor
OKLAHOMA CITY, (AP) — On Monday, Julius Jones’ supporters, which included Jones’ mother Madeline Davis Jones-Jones, visited Oklahoma’s Capitol in hopes of meeting with the Oklahoma Governor. Kevin Stitt.
Davis Jones briefly met with several House Democrats, before going to Stitt’s office. A representative from the Republican governor’s Office said that Stitt was not available and asked Davis Jones to complete a visitor form.
Jones, 41, is scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 1999 shooting death of Edmond businessman Paul Howell during a carjacking. Jones maintains he is innocent and claims he was framed by the actual killer, a high school friend and co-defendant who testified against Jones and was released from prison after 15 years. Both the state and county prosecutors claim that there is overwhelming evidence against Jones. The trial transcripts reveal that witnesses identified Jones as the shooter, and placed him in Howell’s car. Investigators also discovered the murder weapon and a bandana containing Jones’ DNA in the attic above Jones’ bedroom. Jones claims that the murder weapon was found in Jones’ attic by the real killer who visited Jones’ home after Howell was killed.
The Pardon and Parole Board of the state voted 3-1 in favor of Stitt’s recommendation to clemency to Jones and to commute his sentence to life imprisonment. Charlie Hannema, a spokesman for Stitt, didn’t respond to questions regarding whether Jones would meet with his supporters. However, Jones’ attorneys have stated that they met with Stitt last Wednesday.
“The governor is taking his role in this matter seriously and is carefully considering what the Pardon and Parole Board recommends, Hannema stated in a statement.
Jones’ case was profiled in “The Last Defense,” a three-episode documentary produced by actress Viola Davis that aired on ABC in 2018. Kim Kardashian West , and other athletes with Oklahoma connections, such as NBA stars Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and Trae Young have asked Stitt to commute Jones’ death sentence and save his life. Oklahoma lifted a six-year moratorium regarding executions, which was imposed by concerns about its methods. John Marion Grant, 60, convulsed and vomited as he was being put to death Oct. 28. Although Grant’s cause of death is not known, experts agree that Oklahoma’s execution protocol used a higher dose of midazolam than what is recommended for surgeries.
Grant was the first person in Oklahoma to be executed since a series of flawed lethal injections in 2014 and 2015.