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Death Row Inmate Richard Glossip's Family Celebrates Stay Of Execution

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Death row inmate Richard Glossip is now living on two weeks of borrowed time and his family celebrated with a special show of support. Death row inmate Richard Glossip is now living on two weeks of borrowed time and his family celebrated with a special show of support.
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Death row inmate Richard Glossip is now living on two weeks of borrowed time and his family celebrated with a special show of support.

Just hours before his execution, the state Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to give Glossip's attorneys more time.

They now have until Sept. 30 to investigate what they say is new evidence.

“His voice is being carried out,” Glossip’s niece Billie Jo Boyiddle said.

Carried like the balloons his supporters released Wednesday evening after Glossip was granted a stay, but just how far it's carried is up for debate.

“This is his voice finally being heard, to all of us who have been fighting for him for 18 years,” Boyiddle said.

Eighteen years, two trials and now staring death in the face, Glossip thought he was going to die Wednesday afternoon. He was meeting with his attorneys when he found out he now has at least two more weeks of life.

“I’m shocked,” Glossip said. “I’m happy as can be, and hopefully they get it the rest of the way. This is a good sign though.”

However, state Attorney General Scott Pruitt doesn't believe the Court of Criminal Appeals will find anything to change Glossip's fate, and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said the move is "a prudent way for the court to proceed. I respect that."

Gov. Mary Fallin said the court is the proper place for this argument, and she, too, will respect the decision of the court. 

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