Another chance at life: Death row inmate granted two week stay on day of execution

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McALESTER, Okla. -- Oklahoma death row inmate, 52-year-old Richard Glossip, was granted a two-week stay of execution by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. It came just three hours before his scheduled lethal injection.

The stay was announced by Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton.
Tuesday, lawyers filed four motions with the Court of Criminal Appeals including:
  • an application for post conviction relief
  • a motion for an evidence hearing
  • a motion for discovery
  • an emergency stay of execution
 The Court of Criminal Appeals responded in a 5 to 3 vote.

"Execution is not humane to me in any way shape or form. It just doesn't make any sense," Glossip said in a death row interview with Ali Meyer last year.

Recently, Glossip has received support from celebrities, high-profile attorneys, and a famous Catholic nun, Sister Helen Prejean, whose story inspired the Susan Sarandon movie, "Dead Man Walking."

Sister Helen Prejean was inside the prison, preparing to witness the execution, when they got word of the stay.

She called Susan Sarandon to tell her the news.

"She's been praying and fasting and hoping justice would be done," Prejean said.

According to Prejean, Glossip was prepared to die.

Tuesday night, Glossip ate his "last meal," which included chicken fried steak from Chili's and a strawberry malt from Wendy's.

The new date of execution is Sept. 30, 2015.


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