• Julius Jones, convicted for the 1999 murder by Paul Howell at Edmond in carjacking but has maintained innocence.
  • Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has yet to say whether he would grant clemency, as recommended by the state’s Pardon and Parole Board.
  • Jones will be pronounced dead at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, McAlester on Thursday.

In the waning hours before Julius Jones’ scheduled execution, his mother gave a heartfelt monologue proclaiming his innocence outside the doors of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Office on Wednesday.

This may have been her final chance to speak out for her son, before he passes away. Jones will be executed on Thursday, April 4, at 4 PM CST (absent any intervention by Stitt). 

Madeline Davis Jones said, “If I have to execute my child tomorrow, or anytime,” It is impossible to make anyone come back if you are sorry. Be sorry. Be sure.” 

She was greeted by chants “Free Julius,” which echoed throughout the building. 

Stitt was not yet able to comment on Wednesday if he will grant clemency as suggested by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. 

Davis-Jones’ comments came shortly after she saw her son for what might be the final time and on the same day as hundreds of students at schools across the Oklahoma City metro area walked out of class in support of Jones.

Jones was convicted for murder in the 1999 shooting death Paul Howell. However, he maintains his innocence. His final breath will be taken at Oklahoma State Penitentiary McAlester. 

I wasn’t part of it in any manner. “I wasn’t there.” Jones admitted that he did not know that his son had been murdered until after the fact at a Nov.1 clemency hearing. 

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Madeline Davis Jones and other family members and friends address the media about Julius Jones execution at the Capitol Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Prosecutors have disputed Jones’ claims of innocence, saying his 2002 trial showed clear evidence of his guilt and that the campaign to free him is based on misinformation. 

Millions have signed his petition and participated in marches for his freedom. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 to reduce his death sentence to life imprisonment with parole.

Howell was 45 years old and working for his family’s insurance and bonds company when he was murdered in his driveway and his vehicle was stolen.

Jabee Williams from the local area was among hundreds of supporter who gathered at Capitol Wednesday. His efforts have been instrumental in Jones’ liberation. 

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“Julius told me yesterday, ‘Jabee, if they kill me, make sure they can’t do this to anybody else,'” Williams said. 

Stitt has the power to adopt, amend or refuse the recommendation of Pardon and Parole Board. To give him more time to make a decision, the governor could also grant a stay on execution. 

Ex-Gov. Brad Henry was a Democrat who instituted 30-day executions stays multiple times to make himself more available to discuss clemency options. 

Stitt’s Office on Tuesday informed local pastors that Jones’ recommendation for clemency was deeply in his prayers.

The Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.

Governor, you have the time. Stitt, to get this right,” said Cece Jones-Davis, the founder of the Justice for Julius coalition who was one of the speakers at the Capitol during Wednesday’s prayer vigil.

Jones, if his execution is carried out according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections protocol, will be placed on a bed fitted with intravenous line. His heart will be monitored by an electrocardiogram. 

Jones has two minutes left to speak after the execution order has been read. He might decline to speak. 

Jones will be allowed to speak and the execution will start. 

Executions are carried out using three drug procedures: midazolam and vecuroniumbromide.

A doctor will check Jones’ consciousness after the administration of the first drug. After he is confirmed unconscious, the second and third chemicals will be administered to put him to death.

Source: USAToday.com


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