Appeals Court Grants Last-Minute Stay of Execution for Richard Glossip

George Lavender

An Okla­homa appeals court has grant­ed death row pris­on­er Richard Glos­sip a two-week reprieve, just hours before he was due to be put to death. Glos­sip’s lawyers had argued that new­ly unearthed evi­dence cast doubt on his mur­der con­vic­tion. As NBC reports, his sup­port­ers had urged Okla­homa’s Gov­er­nor to grant a stay of execution.

Okla­homa Gov. Mary Fallin was unswayed, but the Okla­homa Court of Crim­i­nal Appeals issued an emer­gency stay of exe­cu­tion that will remain in effect until Sept. 30.

In a brief order, the judges said they want­ed time to give fair con­sid­er­a­tion” to all the mate­ri­als Glos­sip’s defense sub­mit­ted. Con­tin­ue reading…

On Tues­day Okla­homa City’s Fox News sta­tion, revealed that evi­dence in Glos­sip’s case had been destroyed while he was still seek­ing to appeal his case.

Some of the phys­i­cal evi­dence from the mur­der still exists, but act­ing on ques­tions from Fox 25, the Okla­homa City Police Depart­ment reviewed the prop­er­ty room and dis­cov­ered an entire box from the case is missing.

That box of evi­dence was destroyed in 1999. Accord­ing to a police report the order for destruc­tion came on Octo­ber 25, 1999, just five days after the Okla­homa Court of Crim­i­nal Appeals ordered Glossip’s ini­tial tri­al ver­dict back to Okla­homa Coun­ty Dis­trict Court for a fact find­ing’ hear­ing on his claims of pros­e­cu­to­r­i­al mis­con­duct and inef­fec­tive assis­tance of coun­sel. Con­tin­ue reading…

Glos­sip’s exe­cu­tion has been resched­uled for Sep­tem­ber 30th

George Laven­der is an award-win­ning radio and print jour­nal­ist based in Los Ange­les. Fol­low him on Twit­ter @GeorgeLavender.
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