Stay of execution dismissed for death row inmate Richard Glossip
Published 15/09/2015 | 22:56
A stay of execution has been dismissed for a convicted murderer who is on death row in a US prison.
Richard Glossip has been on death row for 17 years after a conviction for the murder of his boss.
Glossip was convicted of murder after the man who confessed to the crime - Justin Sneed - told authorities that Glossip had hired him to carry out the killing.
Sneed was handed a prison sentence in return for his testimony while Glossip - who has always maintained his inoocence - was sentenced to death.
The US Supreme Court has said that Sneed has exhausted all appeals and will face lethal injection on Wednesday at 3pm local time.
His legal team had appealed to Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin for a 60-day stay of execution but she rejected the application.
"Yesterday, forty-eight hours before Glossip's scheduled execution, his attorneys presented my office with a binder of what they have labelled 'new evidence', she said in a statement.
"After reviewing it with my legal team, we have determined the vast majority of the limited contented they have presented is not now; furthermore, we find none of the material to be credible evidence of Richard Glossip's innocence.
"After carefully reviewing the facts of this case multiple times, I see no reason to cast doubt on the guilty verdict reached by the jury or to delay Glossip's sentence of death.
"For that reason I am rejecting his request for a stay of execution."
Glossip's attorney Don Knight has filed a petition for a court review in an attempt to stop the execution.
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.
She also said that Governor Fallin was a "horrible person" for refusing to intervene into the execution.
"The governor of Oklahoma is just a horrible person, and a woman, so it's even more discouraging," Sarandon said.
"Being tough on crime means being for the death penalty, somehow that got established, so when you're attempting to protect your political career, you can't ever look at the complexities if you want to keep your mantra going.
"It's never because of some consciousness-raising that these things change, it's because of some kind of embarrassment.