Kim Kardashian has urged Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to spare the life of death row inmate Julius Jones who is due to be executed in three days after the governor refused to see his mother.
Jones, 41, is scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 1999 shooting death of Edmond businessman Paul Howell during a carjacking.
Jones maintains he is innocent and claims he was framed by the actual killer, Christopher Jordan, a high school friend and co-defendant who testified against Jones and was released from prison after 15 years.
Kardashian, who has been an outspoken advocate of criminal justice reform in recent years, said they are all ‘anxiously waiting’ for a decision from Governor Stitt.
The state’s Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 to recommend Stitt grant clemency to Jones and commute his sentence to life in prison.
But the clock is ticking ahead of the planned execution, and his mother Madeline Davis-Jones, alongside other supporters, visited the state Capitol on Monday with hopes of meeting the Republican governor to plead for her son’s clemency.
But Stitt’s Chief of Communications Charlie Hannema said the governor wasn’t able to meet them and requested Davis-Jones, who had written a hand-written letter to Stitt, fill out a form for visitors.
Madeline Davis-Jones (centre), mother of death row inmate Julius Jones, fills out a request for a meeting with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt with the help of Rep. Jason Lowe, left, at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City on Monday
Jones, 41, is scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 1999 shooting death of Edmond businessman Paul Howell during a carjacking
Julius Jones was convicted of murder in the 1999 shooting of 45-year-old Paul Howell, pictured
Hannema, with his hands in his pockets, told the family: ‘We’ve received your letter, the governor is going to take [the letter] into consideration. We got a process, not gonna be meeting.’
A person with the Jones family then asked: ‘Are you saying that he’s refusing to meet?’
The spokesperson then left and closed the door.
Following the governor’s refusal to meet with the family, Kardashian tweeted: ‘This is the cold machinery of the Death penalty.
‘An innocent man could be put be put to death. My heart breaks for Julius and so many others who have suffered such tragic miscarriage of justice.
‘We are all anxiously awaiting a decision from Governor Stitt. He can choose to accept the recommendation for a second time from the Parole Board to grant Julius clemency/life with the possibility of parole or have him executed Thursday the 18th.
‘Julius, his family and everyone on his team are still hopeful Stitt will do the right thing.’
Stitt’s Chief of Communications Charlie Hannema said the governor wasn’t able to meet Jones’ mother (right) and requested Davis-Jones, who had written a hand-written letter to Stitt, fill out a form for visitors
Hannema, with his hands in his pockets, told the family: ‘We’ve received your letter, the governor is going to take [the letter] into consideration. We got a process, not gonna be meeting.’ A person with the Jones family then asked: ‘Are you saying that he’s refusing to meet?’ The spokesperson then left and closed the door
Jones’ mother, who has now received an invite to her son’s execution, said that she and her family will keep praying after Stitt refused to meet them.
Davis-Jones told KOCO News: ‘God brought my beautiful, wonderful son here and it’s his responsibility to take my son. And I’m believing in God and trusting in God.’
A family friend of Jones, Jimmy Lawson, said they are disappointed they didn’t get to meet with Stitt – but said they will come up with a Plan B.
Lawson told Oklahoma News 4: ‘I think Mama Jones wanted an opportunity to let the governor know that her son is innocent and provide some details that he had never heard before.
‘We’ll take this opportunity to reconvene with our team and then we’ll come up with our Plan B.’
State and county prosecutors have said the evidence against Jones is overwhelming.
Trial transcripts show witnesses identified Jones as the shooter and placed him with Howell’s stolen vehicle. Investigators also found the murder weapon and a bandana with Jones’ DNA in an attic space above his bedroom.
Jones claims the murder weapon was placed there by the actual killer, who visited Jones’ house after Howell was shot.
Kim Kardashian has urged Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt spare the life of inmate Julius Jones who is due to be executed in three days after the governor refused to see his mother
Kardashian, who has been an outspoken advocate of criminal justice reform in recent years, said they are all ‘anxiously waiting’ for a decision from Governor Stitt (pictured)
From left to right, Quinita Jones (no relation), Rep. Jason Lowe, Madeline Davis-Jones, mother of death row inmate Julius Jones, and Dionne and Rev. Marcus Carruthers wait on a bench outside of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office, hoping for a meeting with him, at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City, on Monday
Kardashian detailed what Jones is facing ahead of his slated execution on Thursday.
‘I want to share with you what the process of the execution is like in Oklahoma,’ Kardashian wrote. ‘#JuliusJones has been on death watch for more than 2 weeks. In preparation for his execution on Nov. 18, he is alone in his prison cell just feet away from the executioner’s chamber.’
Kardashian noted how Jones ‘has been strip searched, x-rayed, and issued a new set of clothes, shoes, mattress & bedding,’ and ‘is being closely monitored by staff,’ as ‘every meal he has and every liquid he consumes is logged.’
Kardashian said that Jones has ‘designated who will receive his remains’ and his ‘personal property’ following his execution, adding that his ‘organs are not eligible for donation’ under state law.
Kardashian said that officials in Oklahoma are ‘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.’
She noted that at 9 p.m. ‘the day before his execution,’ Jones’ ‘phone privileges will be terminated and he will receive his last meal.
‘He will be checked on every 15 minutes for the last four hours of his life. Then, he will be put to death.’
Stitt’s spokesman Charlie Hannema didn’t answer questions about whether the governor planned to meet with Jones’ supporters, but attorneys for Jones have said they met with Stitt last week.
‘The governor takes his role in this process seriously and is carefully considering the Pardon and Parole Board’s recommendation as he does in all cases,’ Hannema said in a statement.
Madeline Davis-Jones (right), mother of death row inmate Julius Jones, makes her way to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office on Monday
The governor has also met with the Howell family who maintains that Jones is the man responsible for the murder.
‘We feel confident Governor Stitt sees past Jones propaganda and sees who Julius Jones really is,’ said Paul Howell’s brother Brian after Jones’ clemency hearing. ‘The facts are and always overwhelming pointed toward his guilt.’
The case received national attention after Viola Davis produced a 2018 documentary called The Last Defense which was broadcast in 2018 on ABC.
In addition to Kardashian, notable NBA players such as Russell Westbrook, Trae Young and Blake Griffin have urged officials to commute the sentence in lieu of execution.
Oklahoma ended a six-year moratorium on executions – brought on by concerns over its methods – last month. John Marion Grant, 60, convulsed and vomited as he was being put to death October 28.
It’s not clear yet why Grant vomited, but medical experts agreed that the dosage of the sedative midazolam that Oklahoma and other states use in their execution protocols is massive compared with what’s standard in surgeries.
Grant was the first person in Oklahoma to be executed since a series of flawed lethal injections in 2014 and 2015.
Kardashian previously worked with federal authorities on the release of Alice Marie Johnson, who was pardoned from a life sentence in 2018 stemming from a 1996 conviction on nonviolent drug charges.