“It’s a true blessing,” Richard Glossip reacts after execution is delayed for third time

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Wednesday was a whirlwind for Richard and the whole Glossip family after a two week stay of execution was granted.

Richard, his family and his supporters continue to maintain his innocence.

Family members gathered in Choctaw on Wednesday, emotionally exhausted but filled with hope.

It's a feeling that's hard to put into words.

"I'm excited, I'm happy," said Richard's daughter Christina Glossip-Hodge. "When I talked to him, I told [him], 'I would talk to you tomorrow.'"

"Oh yeah, I'm excited, ecstatic," said daughter Ericka Glossip-Hodge.

Hours after their father Richard was given two more weeks to live, a quiet enthusiasm could be felt among the family.

But, when the news broke, it was a different story.

"We were on our way to McAlester," Ericka said. "We were all like screaming, just happy, laughing."

"We were crying, but it was all tears of joy," Christina said.

Over the years, Richard's been speaking with his family largely over the phone.

A phone call was made Wednesday afternoon, as he spoke with both family and NewsChannel 4.

The  conversation took place just before 3:00 p.m., when the execution was scheduled to take place.

"It just feels good, it feels like, at this point, a small bit of vindication," Richard said. "Hopefully, you know, the courts will give us the big picture, which would be a new trial."

Wednesday's stay of execution gives courts more time to sift through new evidence. But, it's evidence Richard feels gives him a real chance.

"Give me a fair trial, let me put on my defense," Richard said. "We're trying to get this back into the court, so the courts can see what we've been saying all along is the truth. And, I think we may get that, so it's a blessing, it's a true blessing."

For Richard's daughters, they know a long two weeks lie ahead. That's two weeks they'll be spending with family and their father.

"Lots of hugging, that's for sure," Ericka said.

"We're just gonna spend time with family and enjoy this moment," Christina said. "Because, today could've been a sad day."


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