A Look Back At The Murder Case Against Julius Jones


Monday, March 8th 2021, 5:19 pm
By: Jennifer Pierce


Julius Jones was sentenced to death for the 1999 shooting death and carjacking of Edmond resident Paul Howell. 

The current Oklahoma County district attorney and the state attorney general stand by Jones' conviction.

Jones was only 22 years old when he was tried at the Oklahoma County Courthouse nearly two decades ago. At the time, District Attorney Bob Macy pursued the death penalty.

July 1999: The case dates back to July 1999, a bloody crime scene in Edmond.

The 45-year-old Edmond insurance executive was gunned down in his parent's driveway, in front of his sister and his two young daughters. The family recalled hearing two gunshots.

The accomplice, 20-year-old Christopher Jordan, was said to have driven the gunman to the home.

Witnesses to the deadly shooting say the suspect stole Howell's 1997 Suburban. They described the killer as wearing a white shirt, a black beanie and a red bandana over his face.

July 30 and 31, 1999: Jordan and Jones were arrested days after the murder. Police found the murder weapon at Jones' parents home wrapped in a red bandana, as well as the clothes the gunman was described wearing at the crime scene.

Aug. 1999: In August 1999, Macy charged Jordan and Jones with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony, in this case, robbery.

2001: Two years later, Jordan plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a 30-year prison sentence and to testify against Jones. He was released from prison in 2014.

2002: In 2002, Jones was found guilty of Howell's murder after the jury deliberated for just over three hours. He was sentenced to death and has been on death row since the conviction. 

2021: The co-defendant allegedly confessed in an affidavit to killing Howell and to framing Jones.