Amy Goodman

Oklahoma Set to Execute Richard Glossip Despite Mounting Evidence of His Innocence

2015-09-16T02:28:08-07:00

"Democracy Now!" airs weekdays at 9 a.m. PT on KCET.

Attorneys for death row prisoner Richard Glossip have made a last-minute bid to save his life, saying the state of Oklahoma may be about to execute an innocent man. Glossip is scheduled to die at 3 p.m. Central time today.

On Tuesday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin denied him a stay of execution as protests grew from supporters who say he is innocent. In 1997, Glossip was working as a manager at the Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City when his boss, Barry Van Treese, was murdered. A maintenance worker, Justin Sneed, admitted he beat Van Treese to death with a baseball bat, but claimed Glossip coerced him into the killing, offering him money and job opportunities. The case rested almost solely on Sneed's claims. No physical evidence ever tied Glossip to the crime. Glossip's attorneys say Sneed implicated their client in exchange for a deal to receive life imprisonment instead of the death penalty.

"Democracy Now!" goes to Oklahoma City, where the show is joined by Sister Helen Prejean, one of the world's most well-known anti-death-penalty activists. As a Catholic nun, she began her prison ministry over 30 years ago. She is the author of the best-selling book, "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty."




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