A last minute filing by attorneys for Richard Glossip led to a two-week stay of execution for the Oklahoma man who was hours from being killed Wednesday.
The court said it must give fair consideration to the materials submitted by attorneys. There is mounting evidence that Glossip may not be responsible for the crime which led to his death sentence.
Glossip was convicted of murder in 1997 for the death his boss Barry Van Treese. He wasn’t the actual killer. The man who confessed to the killing, Justin Sneed, said Glossip hired him for the murder. The only evidence to support this theory was testimony from Sneed himself.
Both men were charged with murder, and both were convicted. But prosecutors only sought the death penalty in Glossip’s case. Sneed, after cooperating with prosecutors by testifying against Glossip, was sentenced to life without parole.
The controversial case has led to strong public outcry, with supporters ranging from actress Susan Sarandon to former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican death penalty proponent, demanding a reexamination of the case. More than 235,000 people signed a petition asking for the stay.
Sister Helen Prejean, Glossip’s spiritual adviser, has led the fight to save his life.
A new execution date has been set for Sept. 30.