The death row case of Julius Jones is in the news again, with the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board meeting on September 13 to determine if it will recommend the governor grants Mr. Jones's commutation.
Aida Leisenring was the executive producer on the ABC Network death row docuseries, The Last Defense, which highlighted Mr. Jones's case and brought it into the public domain. It is credited with giving the case its big "break" in this Washington Post article among many other media outlets.
Since, celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Dak Prescott, and Mandy Patinkin have taken up the cause, among many other activists, celebrities and athletes.
From the Washington Post:
"Last week, Oklahoma’s attorney general requested an Oct. 28 execution date for Jones, who was 19 at the time he was arrested for the murder of Paul Howell, Ellison’s boyfriend. Jones, now 41, has spent half his life in prison and maintained his innocence.
"After a nearly two-year wait to plead to Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board for a commutation, Jones has arrived at his last real chance to walk free.
"The board meets Sept. 13 to determine whether it will recommend that Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) grant his commutation. A favorable outcome would commute his death sentence to life and spare him from another execution date; his team hopes he will not only be freed from death row but released on time served."
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