Kim Kardashian attracts consideration to Julius Jones case as Oklahoma execution nears

Image: Kim Kardashian during a panel for the documentary "Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project" in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2020.

Kim Kardashian West posted a sequence of tweets outlining what she known as the “chilly equipment” of the U.S. loss of life penalty in her newest try and cease the execution of Oklahoma inmate Julius Jones.

Jones is on loss of life row for the July 1999 homicide of Paul Howell, an insurance coverage government who was shot within the driveway of his mother and father’ dwelling in Edmond as he, his sister and his two younger daughters have been getting back from getting ice cream.

Jones has maintained his innocence, saying he was arrange by the precise shooter, who was an acquaintance. The state’s Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 this month to advocate that Jones’ loss of life sentence be commuted to life in jail with the potential for parole. The board had beforehand really helpful the identical sentence after a listening to in September.

The ultimate determination will probably be made by Gov. Kevin Stitt, whose workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark Tuesday.

Jones is scheduled to be executed Thursday.

Julius Jones. Oklahoma Division of Corrections / through AP

Kardashian West and different celebrities have helped draw nationwide consideration to Jones’ case. In 2019, she posted a tweet pleading with Stitt and the Pardon and Parole Board to think about granting Jones clemency.

Kardashian West, the fact tv star who has grow to be an outspoken felony justice reform advocate, as soon as once more highlighted the controversial case in a sequence of tweets Tuesday.

“Julius, his household and everybody on his crew are nonetheless hopeful Stitt will do the appropriate factor. As we speak Julius’ household and shut mates obtained invitations to his execution. I can’t even think about how all of them should be feeling proper now,” she wrote.

Kardashian West, who visited Jones final yr, shared particulars about how loss of life row inmates are ready for execution in Oklahoma.

“#JuliusJones has been on loss of life look ahead to greater than 2 weeks. In preparation for his execution on Nov. 18, he’s alone in his jail cell simply toes away from the executioner’s chamber,” one tweet learn.

“He has been strip searched, x-rayed, and issued a brand new set of garments, sneakers, mattress & bedding. Julius is being intently monitored by employees — each meal he has and each liquid he consumes is logged. His private property has been catalogued and he has designated who’s to obtain it after he’s put to loss of life. He has additionally designated who will obtain his stays,” she continued.

“At 9pm the day earlier than his execution, #JuliusJones telephone privileges will probably be terminated and he’ll obtain his final meal. He will probably be checked on each quarter-hour for the final 4 hours of his life. Then, he will probably be put to loss of life.”

She concluded by writing: “That is the chilly equipment of the Demise Penalty in America. In simply over two weeks, an harmless man might be put to loss of life. My coronary heart breaks for Julius and so many others who’ve suffered from such tragic miscarriage of justice.”

A number of members of the parole board stated at a listening to that they’d doubts concerning the proof.

“I proceed to consider there’s nonetheless doubt on this case,” board member Kelly Doyle stated.

Nevertheless, member Richard Smothermon, a former prosecutor, stated he didn’t consider Jones’ account of the homicide. Smothermon voted towards clemency.

“To consider in Mr. Jones’ idea of the case, it’s a must to disbelieve each different piece of proof within the case,” together with bodily proof and testimony from legislation enforcement officers and unbiased witnesses, he stated.

Jones and his authorized crew have stated in authorized filings that Jones’ highschool acquaintance was liable for the homicide. They claimed that on the night after Howell was killed, the acquaintance stayed at Jones’ home and planted a gun within the bed room crawl house together with a purple bandanna that witnesses stated the assassin was carrying.

The acquaintance, who has denied the declare, stated in court docket that he drove the automobile with Jones the night time of the crime however that he didn’t shoot Howell. The acquaintance was in the end sentenced to life on a homicide cost and was launched after 15 years.

Attorneys for Jones have additionally identified what they stated have been racial injustices in the course of the trial, claiming that one of many 12 jurors ought to have been eliminated for saying authorities ought to put Jones, who’s Black, “in a field and put him within the floor after that is throughout for what he is executed.” The identical juror can also be alleged to have used a racial slur when referring to Jones in the course of the trial, court docket paperwork confirmed.

Jones’ attorneys couldn’t instantly be reached for remark Tuesday.