Supporters of the convicted death row inmate Julius Jones are fighting for his freedom.
Jones’ commutation request is on Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board's March docket.
Jones was sentenced to death in 1999 for killing an Edmond man, but on Thursday, his supporters focused on a brighter future for Jones.
His sister, Antoinette Brown, said she's gone too long without her brother, but to be with so many supporters gives her hope.
“It just feels amazing. It feels like god shining a light on his case, because for 20 years, he hadn't had this much publicity he hadn't had this much support. It's just been a blessing,” Jones said.
Dozens of supporters marched to the pardon and parole office with a boxes. In those boxes was a petition with of over six million signatures to commute Jones' sentence.
“We don't need a law degree to see that what has happened to Julius Jones is far from justice. We don't need anything but two good eyes, two good ears and a heart to see that what has happened to this man should not have ever happened,” Cece Jones-Davis, founder of the Julius Jones Coalition, said.
The district attorney office disagrees.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said in a statement to News 9:
“The State of Oklahoma will be presenting direct evidence, already in the record, refuting any claims of innocence being advanced by the convicted killer, his counsel or his supporters. The presentation of the evidence will be in the appropriate legal forum and not in the media. We do this to honor Mr. Paul Howell and his family.”
The pardon and parole board expects the first stage to start on March 8.