(Washington) Authorities in the state of Oklahoma ordered the execution of a death row inmate on November 18, raising such suspicions of his guilt.
Julius Jones, a 41-year-old African-American, was sentenced in 2002 to death for the murder of a white businessman he has always denied.
He claims that he was convicted, that he was badly protected by his first lawyers, and that he was discriminated against during the trial.
His case has been the subject of a documentary series and podcast, and he is supported by many associations and personalities, such as Kim Kardashian, who is believed to be innocent.
He has lost all legal redress, but the Oklahoma Amnesty Office last week recommended commuting his sentence to life imprisonment.
The decision is now in the hands of Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who said he would like to carefully examine his case.
Without waiting for a conclusion, the state criminal court set seven executions on Monday, Nov. 18, said Julius Jones, his attorney, Amanda Boss.
“Oklahoma should not allow an innocent person to be hanged,” he said in a statement, hoping the governor would change his sentence before that deadline.
Oklahoma has not executed any executions in the last six years.
He suspended his application for the death penalty following two “failed” executions: in 2014, Clayton Lockett died in apparent suffering 43 minutes after being injected. In 2015, Charles Warner complained that his body was “burning” before he died, and the executioners used a non-compliant product.
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