Richard Glossip, 52, who was sentenced to death for a 1998 murder, is now having his case reviewed by the State of Oklahoma. This occured one day after Pope Francis asked the parole board to stop the execution all together, according to The Washington Post. Glossip’s current date of execution is scheduled for Nov. 6, according to The Dispatch Times.
Prosecutors in Glossip’s original trial argued that Glossip had persuaded a 19-year old man, Justin Sneed, to kill Barry Van Treese, according to The New York Times.
In the second trial, the prosecution uncovered the finding of an extensive amount of cash of over $2,000 in Mr. Glossip’s hotel room the night of the murder. Even with this recent information, his defense lawyers continue to argue that there is still no reliable evidence that Mr. Glossip planned or intended the murder to happen.
In June of 2014, there was another documented botched execution of an Oklahoma state prison inmate, leading Glossip to file a federal lawsuit against the new and untried drugs given as lethal injections in the state.
Glossip’s case was also argued before Supreme Court, in regard to whether the faulty lethal injection cocktail used by the state violated the “cruel and unusual punishment clause” of the Eighth Amendment. In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the injection concoction was constitutional; moreover, Glossip’s execution was to continue on schedule, according to NBC News.
Only a few hours before Mr. Glossip’s condemned execution, he gained approval for a two-week reprieve on Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to NBC News. The reason given by the Oklahoma state appeals court was that they wanted time to review new evidence that was given to them only the day before. This most recent stay of execution, which occurred on Sept. 30, is supposed to last 37 days, according to NBC News.
Editor’s Note: Information from The New York Times, The Dispatch Times, NBC News and The Washington Post was used in this report.