An Oklahoma death row inmate who was seconds away from being executed now has some state lawmakers coming to his side. They are expected to hold a news conference Wednesday.
State representative Kevin McDugle and 34 other state lawmakers are asking the Pardon and Parole board as well as Governor Kevin Stitt for an independent investigation into Richard Glossip's case.
They said there is a possibility Glossip is innocent in the murder that put him on death row.
"I think what the legislators are asking for is some assurance, they know that there was a poor investigation conducted here," Don Knight, Glossip's attorney, said.
"The prosecution's case that put Mr. Glossip on death row has been called into serious question by compelling new witness statements and expert reports, along with other evidentiary problems, that can only be resolved by additional investigation and testing,” McDugle’s letter to Gov. Stitt said in part.
Glossip received the death penalty for his involvement in the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese.
Glossip was minutes away from being executed in 2015 before his lethal injection was called off after a pharmaceutical mistake was discovered.
Since then, there have been no executions in Oklahoma.