OK: Stitt decides not to have state employees kill prisoner after all

Source: Politico

“Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted the death sentence of condemned inmate Julius Jones on Thursday, just hours before his scheduled execution. Jones has proclaimed his innocence from death row for more than two decades in the 1999 killing of a suburban Oklahoma City businessman. Stitt commuted the 41-year-old Jones’[s] death sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. He had been scheduled for execution at 4 p.m. … A crowd that had gathered inside of the Oklahoma Capitol in support of Jones broke out into loud applause and cheers after the decision was announced shortly after noon Thursday.” (11/18/21)