An Oklahoma man skates the death penalty twice and tries to do it a third time. – Newstalk KZRG

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 60 Oklahoma lawmakers, including many Republicans who support the death penalty, have urged the state’s attorney general to join their demand for a new evidentiary hearing in the case of death row inmate Richard Glossip.

The group of 61 state lawmakers sent a letter to Attorney General John O’Connor last week that pointed to an independent investigation by a Texas law firm that raised questions about Glossip’s guilt. Details of the report came out weeks before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set an execution date of September 22 for Glossip.

“The report concluded that no reasonable juror having heard all the evidence would convict Mr. Glossip,” the letter said. “As elected officials representing the citizens of this great state, we believe it is vitally important that this matter be given serious consideration so that the truth can be finally uncovered.”

The report from Houston law firm Reed Smith found no definitive evidence of Glossip’s innocence, but raised concerns about lost or destroyed evidence and a detective asking leading questions of Glossip’s co-defendant, Justin Sneed, to implicate Glossip in the 1997 murder of Glossip’s boss, motel owner Barry Van Treese. Sneed, who admitted killing Van Treese but said he did so at the direction of Glossip, was sentenced to life in prison and served as a key witness against Glossip.

O’Connor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but prosecutors in his office urged the Court of Criminal Appeals to deny Glossip’s request for an evidentiary hearing, suggesting he s This is a delaying tactic.

“The Appellant’s actions in this regard are dilatory and only prolong the wait for justice for the victim, Barry Van Treese, and his family in this matter,” the state wrote in July after Glossip reportedly objected to the court setting his execution date.

Van Treese’s brother, Ken Van Treese, said Monday that Glossip had been convicted and sentenced to death twice by two separate juries.

“Having attended and testified at both trials, the facts that were presented at both trials never varied,” Van Treese wrote in a post. “As far as I am concerned, the guilty verdicts entered were entirely justified and the duly sworn jurors agreed with the facts presented.

“The citizens of Oklahoma made this decision based on the facts of the case. They decided the case based on Oklahoma law.

Glossip, now 59, has maintained his innocence. He was scheduled to be executed three separate times, to be spared shortly before the sentence was set. He was just hours since its execution in September 2015 when prison officials realized they had been given the wrong lethal drug, a mix-up that led in part to a nearly seven-year moratorium on the death penalty in Oklahoma.

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