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Julius Jones supporters gather outside Oklahoma governor’s house ahead of execution
Julius Jones is set to be executed by the state of Oklahoma on Thursday.
Baker Mayfield, quarterback for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, weighed in on Oklahoma’s highest-profile execution in decades.
Mayfield, a Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Oklahoma, is among several high-profile athletes and entertainers who have weighed in on Jones’ case, urging Republican governor Kevin Stitt to commute his sentence and spare his life.
“Yeah, it’s pretty rough, to be honest with you,” Mayfield said Wednesday, pausing and his eyes filling with tears. “That’s not something that’s easy to talk about. Been trying to get the facts stated and the truth to be told for a while.
“It’s a shame that it’s gotten this far, 24 hours away. You know, hopefully, God can intervene, and handle it correctly and do the things he needs to do.”
Mr Stitt is also facing international pressure after the European Union’s ambassador to the US penned a letter calling on him to stop the execution and a petition against the execution has garnered more than 6 million signatures.
Jones, 41, has spent more than half of his life in prison after he was charged and convicted of the murder of Paul Howell during a 1999 carjacking. He has maintained that he is innocent of the crime and was framed by his then-friend and co-defendant, who allegedly actually shot Mr Howell.
Award winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has also joined calls to for Julius Jones to receive clemency.
In a Twitter post she called on the Oklahoma governor to “stop the execution of Julius Jones.”

Steve Kerr has again joined calls for Julius Jones to be granted clemency. In a video posted yesterday, the Golden State Warriors coach called on governor Stitt to grant clemency in the case.
“This can not happen in a civilised nation,” Kerr said.
North Carolina last week saw a man wrongfully jailed for 24 years granted full clemency by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
Mr Sharpe was just 19-years-old when he was arrested and charged with the 1994 murder of 33-year-old George Radcliffe in Greenville, North Carolina, during what prosecutors said was a drug deal gone wrong.
His conviction was largely based on the testimony of a 15-year-old girl who claimed she saw Mr Sharpe, who is Black, shoot and kill Mr Radcliffe, who was white.
The girl admitted at Mr Sharpe’s trial that she had been paid $500 to come forward.
Our reporter Rachel Sharp has the full story below:
Dontae Sharpe is given a full pardon by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper after fighting to clear his name for more than two decades
Kim Kardashian has been one of the highest profile celebrities to support inmate Julius Jones, and called for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to spare his life.
Jones is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Thursday. The 41-year-old inmate has spent more than half of his life in prison, after being convicted of murdering businessman Paul Howell during a 1999 carjacking when he was 19-years-old – a crime he maintains he did not commit.
The Kardashian issued a statement after Jones’ mother was refused an 11th-hour meeting with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, in a last-ditch attempt to call off her son’s execution.
Our reporter Jade Bremmer has the full report below:
The inmate is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Thursday, after being convicted of murder in 2002
Baker Mayfield teared up discussing Julius Jones’ case as the death row inmate is scheduled to be executed unless governor Kevin Stitt grants him clemency.
A video has shown dozens of high school students in Oklahoma walking out of class in protest against the execution of Julius Jones.
According to reports, there were walkouts at six different skills in Oklahoma.
Pressure continues to mount on governor Kevin Stitt as the family and campaigners of Julius Jones await his decision on whether the death row inmate will be granted clemency.
With Julius Jones’ execution only hours away, social media users continue to tweet the state governor calling on him to grant clemency to Julius Jones.
Additionally, the governor’s office has received thousands of calls from campaigners urging him to intervene before Jones is executed today.
Governor Kevin Stitt
The fate of Julius Jones — who has served almost 20 years on death row, even as numerous questions raised doubts about his guilt — rests with Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt
Only hours are left for Stitt to decide whether Jones lives or dies. He is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday.
Jones, now 41, was convicted and sentenced to die for the 1999 shooting death of Paul Howell, a businessman from an affluent Oklahoma City suburb. Jones has consistently maintained his innocence.
The full story below addresses the key arguments made by Jones’ attorneys and the responses from prosecutors:
The fate of Julius Jones rests with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt

Emily Haber, the German ambassador to USA also joined calls yesterday for the clemency of Julius Jones.
In a Twitter post she wrote: “As Germans, abolishing the death penalty was one of the lessons we took from our history. Today, I join in calling for clemency for #JuliusJones.
“I hope all the U.S. will join the historic process to abandon capital punishment.”
Julius Jones has lost his visitation and phone privileges as the time of his execution draws closer, according to reports.
Oklahoma journalist Abigail Ogle wrote in a Twitter post: “Julius Jones lost his visitation and phone privileges. I just spoke to attorney Kelli Masters who talked to him last night. She is one of the last people to talk to Jones unless the Governor intervenes.”
Ms Ogle shared transcriptions from a conversation with Jones’ attorney.
In one screenshot, Ms Masters said: “I think the hardest thing for him is the uncertainty. Like everybody we are waiting to see if there will be an announcement or if it will just play out.
“He just wanted to know. He wanted to know what to prepare for.”
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