Richard Glossip loses clemency after the state’s Pardon and Parole Board recently denied his request. The Oklahoma death row inmate has long insisted that he is not guilty of the 1997 murder case he is scheduled to be executed in May.On April 26, the state’s Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency in the 1997 murder case of Richard Glossip, 60. The Oklahoma death row inmate has long insisted that he was not guilty of the case which he is scheduled to be executed in May.
An article in CNN states that the Pardon and Parole Board voted 2-2 which resulted in a denial of Glossip’s request for clemency. The denial was reportedly made despite the support of Gentner Drummond, the state’s Attorney General, who attended the parole board meeting yesterday
Reports say a fifth member of the parole board withdrew from the vote. The meeting lasted for almost three hours which the board heard from the Oklahoma death row inmate himself, Drummond, attorneys, and investigators. Thereafter, Glossip’s attorneys filed an application for a stay of execution with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Oklahoma Death Row Inmate’s 1997 Murder Case
According to an article in CBS News, the Oklahoma death row inmate was a former motel manager convicted of murder for hiring someone to kill his boss, Barry Van Treese. Another motel employee, Justin Sneed, 19, admitted to killing Van Treese with a baseball bat at the Oklahoma City motel. However, in 1998, prosecutors stated that Sneed killed Van Treese after being hired by Glossip.
Sneed was ordered to serve a life sentence in prison in exchange for his testimony as the principal witness. After three stays of execution and more than 24 years on the death row, the Oklahoma death row inmate, on the other hand, will face his ninth execution date on May 18.