Kim Kardashian West put her thoughts on Twitter to highlight the “cold machinery” of the death sentence in the United States ahead of Julius Jones’ scheduled execution.
Jones, 41, is scheduled to be killed on Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester for the 1999 shooting death of businessman Paul Howell during a carjacking, but he has always maintained his innocence.
However, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has yet to decide whether to accept the state Pardon and Parole Board’s decision to commute Jones’ sentence to life in prison with the chance of parole.
Stitt has not stated whether he will grant clemency to Jones, but a growing chorus of celebrities, state Republican legislators, and religious groups have encouraged him to accept the parole board’s recommendation.
Supporters, including Jones’ mother, Madeline Davis-Jones, went to the state Capitol on Monday in the hopes of meeting with the Republican governor. An official from the governor’s office informed her that he was unavailable.
Kim Kardashian’s first tweet was ‘I want to give u all an update on Julius Jones. We are all anxiously awaiting a decision from Governor Stitt.’
Then she wrote a series of tweets for Julius Jones and the last one is ‘This is the cold machinery of the Death Penalty in America. In just over two weeks, an innocent man could be put to death. My heart breaks for Julius and so many others who have suffered from such tragic miscarriage of justice.’
This is the cold machinery of the Death Penalty in America. In just over two weeks, an innocent man could be put to death. My heart breaks for Julius and so many others who have suffered from such tragic miscarriage of justice.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 16, 2021
Who is Julius Jones
Julius Jones has been on death row in Oklahoma for 19 years for a 1999 murder in which he has always maintained he had no involvement. Mr. Jones, who is represented by federal attorneys Dale Baich and Amanda Bass, was condemned to death at the age of 19 and has already spent half his life in jail, awaiting execution for a crime that fresh and convincing evidence reveals he did not commit.
Julius Jones was at home with his parents and sister at the time of the murder, but his legal team neglected to offer his alibi at his original trial. Mr. Jones or any of his family members were not called to the stand by his trial attorneys.
Mr. Jones did not match the description of the perpetrator, which was provided by a single eyewitness. Mr. Jones had a shaven head, whereas the guy who murdered Mr Howell had 1-2 inches of hair.
A man named Christopher Jordan had the same hair as the eyewitness but claimed to be the “getaway driver” rather than the gunman at trial. He was the State’s main witness in its case against Mr. Jones.
Mr. Jordan was given a plea deal for his claimed role as the “getaway driver” in exchange for testifying that Mr. Jones was the gunman. He served 15 years in prison and is now free.
Three people who were detained with Mr. Jordan at separate periods have stated in written affidavits that Mr. Jordan told them all that he committed the murder and framed Mr. Jones. These three men have never met Mr. Jones and are unfamiliar with one another. And none of them have been given a reduced sentence or a monetary reward in exchange for reporting Mr. Jordan’s confessions.