Thursday 8 December 2016

Death row inmate Richard Glossip granted stay of execution just hours before scheduled lethal injection

Published 16/09/2015 | 21:50

Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip is shown in this Oklahoma Department of Corrections photo REUTERS/Oklahoma Department of Corrections/Handout
Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip is shown in this Oklahoma Department of Corrections photo REUTERS/Oklahoma Department of Corrections/Handout

A stay of execution has been granted for a death row inmate, just hours before his scheduled execution.

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Richard Glossip was set to be executed in Oklahoma at 3pm local time today (9pm in Ireland).

However, a last ditch appeal from Glossip's lawyers to the state's Court of Criminal Appeal proved to be a success. 

His legal team, led by attorney Don Knight, appealed on the basis that they needed more time to explore new evidence that has come to light.

Ericka Glossip-Hodge, left, daughter of Richard Glossip, and Billie Jo Ogden Boyiddle, right, Richard Glossip's sister, listen during a rally to stop the execution of Richard Glossip (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Ericka Glossip-Hodge, left, daughter of Richard Glossip, and Billie Jo Ogden Boyiddle, right, Richard Glossip's sister, listen during a rally to stop the execution of Richard Glossip (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Glossip was convicted of the murder of his boss after the man who confessed to the crime - Justin Sneed - told authorities that Glossip had hired him to carry out the killing.

Read more: Stay of execution dismissed for death row inmate Richard Glossip

He has been on death row for 17 years after the conviction for the murder of Barry Van Treese, owner of the Oklahoma City motel, but has always maintained his innocence.

According to Glossip's lawyers, a signed statement from another inmate now claims that Sneed admitted that he set Glossip up.

Glossip was just three hours away from being killed by lethal injection when his execution was postponed.

He had been moved into a special holding cell and had already eaten his enormous final meal which included fried chicken, fish, mashed potatoes, chips and a milkshake.

Read more: Susan Sarandon pleas for stay of execution for death row inmate Richard Glossip

This particular case came to global media attention when Susan Sarandon publicly appealed for his stay of execution.

The Hollywood actress told Sky News in an exclusive interview last month that the 52-year-old man is "clearly innocent".

Sarandon (68) told Sky News that Glossip's case is "typical" and demonstrates what is wrong with the death penalty in the US.

"He's put there by a snitch who actually did kill the person, and then the snitch has life and this guy is being put to death on the 16th," she said.

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