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Julius Jones' Mom begs Oklahoma governor to spare son’s life as he’s set to receive lethal injection


JULIUS Jones' mom is begging the governor of Oklahoma to spare her son's life as he's set to receive lethal injection.


Madeline Davis-Jones — the mom of Julius Jones, a 40-year-old prisoner who was sentenced to death in 2002 —urged Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Sunday to call off her son's execution.


Speaking in a video, shared to Twitter on the Justice for Julius campaign page, Madeline said: "Governor Stitt, please send my baby boy home.


"He is innocent and please send him home in Jesus' name. I ask you. Thank you."


Madeline's request comes just days before her son's scheduled execution on November 18, 2021.


The short video clip, which has since been viewed more than 18,000 times, starts with Madeline talking and then transitions to footage of supporters holding signs and walking for justice.


"Governor Kevin Stitt, choose life. EXODUS 20:13," text at the end of the video.


In addition to Jones' mother's support, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center tweeted on November 14: "We have four more days to call, write, and urge Governor Stitt to do the right thing and stay the execution of #JuliusJones!"

Others have also called to stop Jones' execution, like Republican Oklahoma lawmakers like Representatives Gary Mize and Preston Stinson, according to Newsweek.


Rep Mize said in a statement: "The last thing the state should be doing is taking the life of someone who may be innocent.


"We can't move forward with an execution under these circumstances in good conscience. I hope and pray Gov. Stitt accepts the recommendation of his Parole Board."


Rep Stinson said: "Our judicial system gives judges and juries the responsibility to determine guilt and sentencing.


"However, the Pardon and Parole Board also plays a role in this system, and in this case they have recommended clemency.


"For that reason, I am asking Gov. Stitt to take him off of death row and accept the recommendation of his Pardon and Parole Board."


Jones was a 19-year-old student at the University of Oklahoma when he was considered as the prime suspect in the killing of 45-year-old businessman Paul Howell.


He was on the verge of gaining a basketball scholarship when he was arrested and charged with Howell's murder in August 1999, according to OU Daily.


In 2002, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death at just 22 years old.


The black inmate has spent more than 20 years proclaiming his innocence, and a Change.org petition, which has garnered over 6million signatures, claims he spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement as he awaits his fate.


The petition, titled Julius Jones is innocent. Don't let him be executed by the state of Oklahoma, details his living conditions on death row, and hopes to help stay the execution of Jones.


On October 27, 2021, Jones was granted a stay of execution.


However, the state attorney general’s office released a statement saying that it plans to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.


The statement read: "We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will vacate the stay so that justice can finally be served for the people of Oklahoma, including the families of the victims of these horrific crimes."


Yet, on October 28, after Supreme Court review, it was announced that a request to vacate the stays of execution for Jones was granted.


The petition fighting for his release from prison insists he is innocent despite his sentencing.


"Every minute we wait to take action, Julius is suffering," the petition says.


"Every second that goes by brings Julius closer to being executed for a crime he didn’t commit."


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