Glossip’s Attorneys: Documents introduce new evidence in case, could prove innocence

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OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. -- Late Monday afternoon, new documents were filed by Richard Glossip's attorneys.

Glossip is sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of motel owner Barry Van Treese. Glossip has been on death row since 1998 and to this day, he maintains his innocence.

New documents come less than a week after Glossip was granted a two-week stay of execution. He is now scheduled to be put to death by the state of Oklahoma on Sept. 30.

His execution has now been stayed three times.

Glossip was scheduled to die last Wednesday, but late Tuesday, his attorneys filed a motion to halt the execution.

With just hours to spare, the Criminal Court of Appeals granted a two-week stay to give the case "fair consideration."

Late Monday afternoon, Glossip's attorneys introduced new evidence in hopes to prove their client's innocence. The evidence: affidavit's from Justin Sneed's former cellmates.

Sneed is serving a life sentence after admitting to the actual killing of Van Treese, but testified Glossip ordered him to carry out the crime.

Court documents show Micheal G. Scott was staying in a cell across from Justin Sneed's cell.

Detailed in those documents, Scott said, "I clearly heard Justin Sneed say that, in his statements and testimony, he set Richard Glossip up, and that Richard Glossip didn't do anything."

He goes on to say, "It was common knowledge Sneed lied and sold Glossip up the river."

The inmate also admitted, "I know Justin made stuff up to try to save his own life, and to get a better deal."

And another inmate, Joseph Tapley also came forward.

In documents he says, "Justin Sneed told me very detailed accounts of how he killed Barry Van Treese."

Tapley also told attorneys, "I'm sure that Justin Sneed acted alone. He never gave me any indication that someone else was involved."

Tapley also included, "Justin Sneed showed no remorse to me at all for the killing."

Tapley stated, "I had been thinking of calling with this information for a month or so... When it looked like it would not stop, I felt like I had to do something."

He said "If Mr. Glossip had been killed, and I had not done anything, I would have felt terrible for the rest of my life."

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