OKLAHOMA CITY – There is an interesting battle taking place on Twitter between an Oscar winning actress, a nun and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s spokesperson.
Actress Susan Sarandon has joined death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean in an effort to halt the execution of Richard Glossip, a man they believe is innocent.
Glossip was convicted in connection with the murder of Barry Van Treese.
Van Treese was found dead at an Oklahoma City motel back in 1997.
Prosecutors said Glossip hired maintenance worker, Justin Sneed, to take a baseball bat and bludgeon their boss, Barry Van Treese, to death because Glossip thought he would be fired. At trial, Sneed testified that he killed Van Treese at Glossip’s behest and received a life sentence. Glossip was sentenced to death.
Glossip appealed the sentence, but he has since exhausted all of his options.
He is scheduled to die on Sept. 16.
Sarandon called Governor Fallin a “horrible person” for refusing to intervene in Glossip’s execution, according to an exclusive interview with Sky News.
“The governor of Oklahoma is just a horrible person, and a woman, so it’s even more discouraging,” Sarandon said.
Last week, Alex Weintz, a spokesman for the governor, defended Fallin by tweeting ten points about Glossip’s case, including clemency.
This morning, Sarandon and Prejean responded to those points and once again called for the governor to intervene.
Sarandon was alerted to Glossip’s case through Sister Helen Prejean, who wrote Dead Man Walking.
Sarandon portrayed Prejean in the book’s film adaptation, which won her an Academy Award in 1996.
Sister Prejean has visited Glossip in prison and has become his spiritual adviser.
On Monday, Gov. Fallin issued a statement about Glossip.
“Richard Glossip has been convicted of murder and sentenced to death by two juries. His conviction and death sentence have been reviewed and upheld by four courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. His actions directly led to the brutal murder of a husband and a father of seven children. The state of Oklahoma is prepared to hold him accountable for his crimes and move forward with his scheduled execution,” Fallin said. “Richard Glossip was first convicted of murder and sentenced to death over 17 years ago. He has had over 6,000 days to present new evidence. Postponing his execution an additional sixty days does nothing but delay justice for the family of Mr. Van Treese.”