The Latest: Victim's family confident in justice system
The Associated Press
Sep. 16, 2015
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip (all times local):
Relatives of a man found fatally beaten at his Oklahoma motel say they have full confidence in the courts after a man sentenced to death in the case was granted a temporary reprieve.
Barry Van Treese was found dead on Jan. 7, 1997. He was staying at his Oklahoma City motel while delivering paychecks and picking up money for deposit.
One of his employees, Richard Glossip, was twice convicted of ordering another man to kill Van Treese. Investigators say Glossip was afraid Van Treese was about to fire him for embezzling money and poorly managing the motel.
Glossip was scheduled to be executed Wednesday, but the courts agreed to a delay to consider new arguments.
Van Treese's brother, Ken, said Wednesday that the family has "full faith and confidence in the Oklahoma justice system." He says the family appreciates "the efforts of all those who are conversant with the case and know the facts involved."
An attorney for Richard Glossip says he was inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary speaking to the condemned inmate when news came down that his execution had been put on hold.
Attorney Don Knight says Glossip was stunned to learn that the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals had agreed to delay his execution, which was scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday. According to Knight, Glossip was overjoyed and did a fist bump with his attorney through the prison glass separating them.
Glossip was twice convicted of ordering the killing of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City motel where Glossip worked.
Glossip's attorneys say they've uncovered new evidence, including a fellow inmate's claim that he overheard another man convicted in the case admit he acted alone.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she'll respect whatever decision the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals makes as it reviews evidence in a condemned inmate's case.
The appeals court halted Richard Glossip's execution just hours before it was to take place Wednesday afternoon. In a statement, Fallin reiterated that Glossip's case should be decided in court, not by popular opinion.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who'd argued that Glossip's execution should take place Wednesday, said he's confident the appeals court will not find any new evidence worthy of overturning Glossip's death sentence.
Both Fallin and Pruitt expressed sympathy to the family of victim Barry Van Treese, who was beaten to death in 1997.
Relatives of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip are rejoicing after a state appeals court granted a last-minute stay of his execution.
Glossip was set to be executed at 3 p.m. Wednesday, but the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued an order shortly before noon granting a two-week reprieve.
Glossip's daughter, Ericka Glossip-Hodge, says she and several family members were driving to the prison in McAlester when she learned her father's execution had been stayed.
Glossip-Hodge says they had to get off the road and pull over. She says, "everybody is freaking out. We're really excited."
Prison officials are "shutting down" execution procedures after an Oklahoma appeals court agreed to halt the 3 p.m. execution of a man convicted of ordering the killing of his boss.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton says he was notified by his general counsel of the delay granted to Richard Eugene Glossip. The 52-year-old was scheduled to be executed Wednesday afternoon.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay after Glossip's attorneys said they needed time to look over new evidence in the case. The court says it granted the temporary stay "due to Glossip's last-minute filing and in order for this court to give fair consideration" to his claims.
The court rescheduled his execution for Sept. 30.
Patton says prison officials are "shutting down" the execution procedures. He says prison officials also notified Glossip's family that the execution had been stayed.
An appeals court has agreed to halt the execution of an Oklahoma man who claims he was framed for the 1997 beating death of his boss.
Richard Eugene Glossip was scheduled for execution at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. But the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted a request from Glossip's attorneys, who say they needed more time to explore new evidence.
Glossip was twice convicted of ordering the killing of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City motel where Glossip worked. His co-worker, Justin Sneed, was convicted of fatally beating Van Treese and was a key prosecution witness in Glossip's trials.
But Glossip's attorneys say they have new evidence, including a signed affidavit from another inmate who claims he heard Sneed admit he set Glossip up.
Oklahoma prison officials are following a new execution protocol following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that upheld the state's three-drug formula.
Under the protocol, inmate Richard Glossip's telephone and visitation privileges were terminated at 9 p.m. Tuesday ahead of Wednesday afternoon's scheduled execution. He is still allowed to speak with his attorneys, who have filed a last-minute request to stop the execution.
The protocol maintains that Glossip will be moved to a special cell as he awaits execution at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. He is allowed to have a pen and paper, religious items, a book or magazine, and toiletries including soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a comb.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says Glossip received a special last meal on Tuesday, but that he'll have his normal breakfast and lunch Wednesday. Watkins says Glossip's last meal was chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and a dinner roll from Chili's; two orders of fish and chips from Long John Silver's; and a strawberry malt and Baconator cheeseburger from Wendy's.
This item has been corrected to show Glossip's telephone and visitation privileges were terminated at 9 p.m. Tuesday, not 11 p.m.
Oklahoma is preparing to carry out its first execution since a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state's three-drug formula used in lethal injections.
Richard Glossip is scheduled to be executed at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. He was convicted of ordering the beating death of a motel owner in 1997 in what prosecutors say was a murder-for-hire.
Glossip, 52, was the lead plaintiff in a case before the nation's high court that argued the sedative midazolam violated the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment because it didn't adequately render an inmate unconscious before the second and third drugs were administered. The justices upheld the formula in a 5-4 opinion issued in June.
Glossip has maintained his innocence, and his attorneys filed a last-minute request for a stay of execution late Tuesday.