Julius Jones’ life has been spared hours before his execution was set to take place.
Per CNN, the governor of Oklahoma, Kevin Stitt, granted Jones clemency at the last minute following the outpouring of support from the public.
The governor issued an executive order changing Jones’ death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Stitt noted that Jones’s commuted sentence means he will never be eligible for any further reduction in his sentence.
Jones was given a death sentence and has been on death row for almost two decades for being involved in the death of Paul Howell during a carjacking incident in 1999.
Julius Jones Has Been On Death Row For 20 Years
Jones maintains he is innocent and claims he was framed by his friend and co-defendant, but Howell’s family believes he is guilty.
Considering the situation surrounding Jones’ case, it attracted widespread attention, especially after the success of the documentary “The Last Defense.”
Several petitions have been signed, and there have been nationwide protests by supporters of Jones, asking the governor to grant him clemency.
Governor Stitt’s executive order comes Jones’ attorney filed an emergency injunction earlier in the day. His lawyers argued that Oklahoma’s lethal injection was known for causing “lingering, torturous pain and suffering” to inmates and is a “cruel and unusual punishment.”
His attorneys hoped that the injunction would help buy Jones more time. Also, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 in favor of Jones’ death sentence to be commuted to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Kim Kardashian Sought Justice For Julius Jones
On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian spoke out about Jones’ case sharing a series of tweets after Governor Stitt denied Jones’ mother Madeline Davis-Jones a meeting.
Kim was closely monitoring the situation, revealing that Jones’ personal property had been cataloged and the family member who should receive his remains had already been notified.
The “KUWTK” star shed light on the brutal nature of the death sentence, writing, “the state is so bent on vengeance that they will make every effort to ensure they get to kill Julius – including reviving him if he happens to go into cardiac arrest prior to the execution.”
I want to give u all an update on Julius Jones. We are all anxiously awaiting a decision from Governor Stitt.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 16, 2021
She described the death penalty as a “cold machinery” and expressed her heartbreak at the situation. Kim, who was pursuing a law degree, is no stranger to drawing attention and advocating for inmates on death row.
During former President Donald Trump’s regime, Kim visited the White House and spoke to the government on behalf of convicted felons.
Some of the successful cases she championed include Chris Young, Alice Marie Johnson, Judith Negron, Tynice Hall, and Crystal Munoz.