Is Oklahoma Going to Kill an Innocent Man Today?

Fallin rejects appeal in Glossip case
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2015 4:50 AM CDT
Updated Sep 16, 2015 6:30 AM CDT
Is Oklahoma Going to Kill an Innocent Man Today?
This undated photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Richard Glossip.   (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

Richard Glossip is scheduled to die at 3pm today, and his supporters say Oklahoma is about to execute an innocent man. The 52-year-old was convicted of ordering the 1997 murder of his boss at a motel, but his lawyers argue that the only evidence of his involvement is testimony from Justin Sneed, the handyman who actually carried out the killing and is serving life for it, the Intercept reports. In a Monday press conference that Oklahoma City DA David Prater dismissed as a "PR campaign," the lawyers released new evidence, including affidavits from an inmate who says Sneed boasted about implicating Glossip to save his own life, and from an inmate who says the police officers in the Glossip case forced him to confess to a killing he didn't commit.

Gov. Mary Fallin has rejected a plea for the lawyers to be given 60 days to follow up the new leads, saying she has reviewed the facts of the case and sees no reason to issue a stay, the AP reports. Glossip's supporters include anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean and Susan Sarandon, who played Prejean in Dead Man Walking and says Fallin is "a horrible person." Prejean tells NBC News that unless there's a "miracle," she will witness her seventh execution today, and her first since 2004. "I don't think anybody should be put to death by the state, but it just seems so glaring in his case," she says. She predicts Glossip will go to "the other side" with grace and says, "I am doing everything for him I can, to try to be with him in those final moments of terror." (More Oklahoma stories.)

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