Le détenu de la cellule de la mort Richard Glossip se voit refuser une nouvelle tentative d’annulation de sa condamnation pour meurtre, son exécution est prévue pour le 18 mai – Actualités locales 8.


Richard Glossip, an Oklahoma death row inmate, has been denied another appeal to vacate his murder conviction in the death of his boss in 1997. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decision comes two weeks after a special counsel report recommended Glossip’s capital murder conviction be vacated and that he be granted a new trial, citing newly uncovered evidence in his case. Glossip, who has been behind bars for 26 years, was convicted in 1998 of capital murder for ordering the killing of his boss, Barry Van Treese. Glossip has insisted he was not involved in the killing and has narrowly avoided death three times, as previous execution dates ended with reprieves or stays of execution. In January, he learned of his ninth execution date: May 18.

Among the evidence included in the special counsel report was paperwork showing the only witness against Glossip, Justin Sneed, wanted to recant his testimony, writing to his attorney: “There are a lot of things right now that are eating at me. Somethings I need to clean up.” The report concluded Glossip’s murder conviction should be vacated and he be granted a new trial. State Attorney General Gentner F. Drummond agreed with the findings and petitioned the court to grant Glossip a new day in court, while also making it clear he wasn’t suggesting Glossip was innocent.

Republican state Rep. Kevin McDugle plans to ask Gov. Kevin Stitt to grant a 60-day stay of Glossip’s execution. McDugle said lawmakers also plan to change the statue in Oklahoma’s post-conviction relief law within the next five to 10 days, which would allow the case to go back before the Court of Criminal Appeals for another ruling. McDugle said he became convinced of Glossip’s innocence after seeing problems in the case, which he said include instances of witness tampering, missing and destroyed evidence, as well as Brady violations (when evidence is withheld from the defense). Glossip was first sentenced in 1998, but that was overturned in 2001 because of ineffective defense counsel. He was again convicted in 2004 and again sentenced to death.

Keywords: Richard Glossip, Oklahoma, death row, murder conviction, special counsel report, Justin Sneed, new trial, Kevin McDugle, witness tampering, Brady violations.

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