Richard Glossip Case Gains National Attention, Lawmakers Ask For Independent Investigation

Thursday, September 23rd 2021, 5:51 am
By: Chinh Doan, Jordan Dafnis


The case of a death row inmate is getting attention from dozens of state lawmakers. 

They're asking the Governor for an independent investigation of Richard Glossip’s case. 

Like the Julius Jones case, Glossip's situation is getting a lot of attention from concerned people around the country. 

There is a documentary on his death row case and a petition for an independent investigation. 

Republican State Representative Kevin McDugle and Pushmataha County resident Justin Jackson interviewed with Dr. Phil in Los Angeles Wednesday. An air date for the interview has not yet been set. 

"I'm convinced, 100 percent, we've got an innocent man sitting on death row now, and so I'm going on national tv to catch the ear of the attorney general, the governor, whoever else will listen," said Representative Kevin McDugle (R) Broken Arrow. 

It was 1997 when Barry Van Treese was murdered at the Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City. Justin Sneed, who confessed he killed Van Treese, was sentenced to life without parole. He testified that Glossip hired him for the murder. Glossip was found guilty and sentenced to death. Over the past 25 years Glossip has been hours from execution three times. Glossip's latest attorney said Glossip's two previous attorneys were not adequate, and he has new evidence. 

Our Sister Station News On 6 asked Gov. Stitt for a comment. In a statement, his office said: 

“Richard Glossip, like all death row inmates, will be eligible for a clemency hearing before the Pardon and Parole Board once an execution date has been set. The governor respects the judicial process and does not comment on cases that will appear before the Pardon and Parole Board.” 

McDugle, Humphrey, Jackson and Knight urge people to learn about Glossip’s case and sign the petition at this website here.