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Anti-death penalty activists fighting for a stay of execution for death row inmate Richard Glossip

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Anti-death penalty activists challenged the execution system in Oklahoma once again at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Thursday.

The group delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures from people asking Gov. Mary Fallin to grant a stay of execution for death row inmate Richard Glossip.

Glossip’s execution date is 13 days away and advocates said they will fight to delay his death.

"Oklahoma is a killing state," said Sister Helen Prejean.

Only behind Texas, Sister Prejean said more than 100 death row inmates have been executed in Oklahoma.

She is fighting for our state to abolish the death penalty.

"I believe in the hearts of the people in Oklahoma, people of faith and people who have never stepped foot in a church. We know about human rights and we know about justice and it's going to be up to us to raise our voices," said Sister Prejean.

They are standing up for Richard Glossip, who was convicted in the murder of Barry Van Treese.

Van Treese was the owner of the Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City.

In 1997, the motel handyman, Justin Sneed, admitted to beating Van Treese to death with a baseball bat while the victim slept.

He claimed Glossip paid him to carry out the murder.

Sneed is currently serving a life sentence while Glossip was sent to Oklahoma's death row.

"There's not a fingerprint of Richard Glossip on the money, there's not a single piece of evidence to corroborate," said Prejean

In these boxes, more than 260,000 signatures stand behind Glossip's innocence, including his oldest daughter.

"I hope and pray that somebody reaches Governor Mary Fallin's heart and that she does grant him a stay because it's our last and that's what we're hoping for," said Christina Glossip-Hodge.

For the victim's widow, Donna Van Treese, she said she's ready for her husband's convicted killer to die.

"Would I wish a cruel death on anyone? No. I'm hoping that it is quick," said Donna Van Treese.

Protesters have asked for a 60-day stay of execution to allow Glossip’s attorneys to gather new evidence of Glossip’s innocence. 

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