Demand OK Atty General Rescind Execution Date Request for Julius Jones & six others

Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor, Governor Kevin Stitt

Julius Jones is scheduled to be executed in Oklahoma on November 18, 2021, despite maintaining his innocence and compelling evidence that he was wrongfully convicted for the murder of Paul Howell in 1999. A commutation hearing was held on September 13th resulting in a favorable vote of 3-1 with one likely supporting vote abstaining.

This petition makes two demands, See the full text below:

  • Urge Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor to rescind execution dates for Julius Jones and six others. Petitions for the others will be found here.
  • Urge Governor Stitt to accept the recommendation of the Pardon and Parole Board to grant clemency to Julius Jones by reducing his sentence to a simple life sentence and make him eligible for parole in recognition of time already served.

BACKGROUND on Julius Jones

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In a case riddled with odious racial discrimination — including a police officer’s use of a racial slur during Mr. Jones’ arrest and the State’s removal of all prospective black jurors except one — evidence shows that a juror used the n-word before jury deliberations at the sentencing phase.

Concerns have arisen that call into question Jones's conviction and sentence:

  1. Eyewitnesses place Mr. Jones at his parents’ home at the time of the murder, miles away from the crime scene.
  2. Mr. Jones’ co-defendant admitted to being involved in the crime and is now free after testifying against Julius. He was heard bragging that he “set Julius up.” Mr. Jones’ co-defendant matches the only eyewitness description of the shooter based on the length of his hair.
  3. Newly-discovered evidence shows that at least one juror harbored racial prejudice that influenced his vote to convict and sentence Mr. Jones to death. One juror reported telling the judge about another juror who said the trial was a waste of time and “they should just take the n***** out and shoot him behind the jail.

Please sign the petition asking Governor Stitt and the Pardon and Parole Board to do everything within their power to ensure Jones does not face execution and to seek a path to clemency in this case and all others on Oklahoma's death row.

[NOTE: This petition language is fluid and will shift as the events dictate in the coming weeks, but it will always be about stopping executions and freeing Julius Jones.]

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To: Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor, Governor Kevin Stitt
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to you regarding Julius Jones, who is on death row in Oklahoma, despite maintaining his innocence and compelling evidence that he was wrongfully convicted for the murder of Paul Howell in 1999.

Many concerns have arisen that call into question Jones's conviction and sentence, including racial discrimination, newly-discovered evidence and a confession to the crime by a co-defendant. All of this was detailed in a commutation hearing on September 13th, resulting in a 3-1 vote in favor of commutation.

We, the undersigned, ask that:

* Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor execution dates for Julius Jones and six others;
* Governor Stitt accept the recommendation of the parole board and commute Julius Jones' sentence to time served so that he is eligible for immediate parole consideration.

Thank you for time and attention to this urgent and serious matter.