UPDATE (Nov. 18 at 1:42 p.m.)
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has granted clemency to Julius Jones, halting his execution Thursday for the 1999 murder he says he did not commit per CNN.
Jones’ sentence will be commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the governor said in an executive order issued Thursday, per the outlet.
J. Cole is joining Kim Kardashian in her efforts to stop the execution of death row inmate Julius Jones.
Per Complex, Jones is “scheduled to be executed on Thursday nearly 20 years after he was convicted for the fatal shooting of Paul Howell during a 1999 carjacking. Jones has maintained his innocence throughout, saying he was set up by the actual shooter.”
In a series of tweets, the Skims founder posted an update on Jones awaiting the decision from Oklahoma’s Governor Kevin Stitt:
He can choose to accept the recommendation (for a 2nd time) from the Parole Board, to grant Julius Clemency/Life w. the possibility of parole or have him executed Thursday the 18th.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 16, 2021
J. Cole who is known for his social justice efforts cosigned Kardashian’s plea to Governor Stitt, “Read this please. Then share. oklahoma is a day away from executing a man,” the rapper said adding, “The evidence that this man is innocent is overwhelming. So much so that the state parole board recommended to the governor that he not be executed. with 1 day left of his life, the governor hasn’t acted.”
Read this please. Then share. oklahoma is a day away from executing a man. The evidence that this man is innocent is overwhelming. So much so that the state parole board recommended to the governor that he not be executed. with 1 day left of his life, the governor hasn’t acted https://t.co/G3SZ5uujtF— J. Cole (@JColeNC) November 17, 2021
J. Cole also posted a hotline to call in support of dismissing Jones’ execution.
Per the Washington Post, Jones has exhausted his legal appeals, which makes Stitt’s decision his last hope. “If Stitt does not act on the clemency recommendation, Jones’s execution will proceed. The governor has not indicated whether he will take any action, or what it may be.”
Look at Kardashian’s full thread here.