An investigator for the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board wrote in her report under “Investigator recommendation” that death prisoner Julius Jones be granted life in prison, either with or without the possibility of parole.
Jones, 41, has spent two decades on death row for the 1999 killing of Edmond businessman Paul Howell. Jones has maintained his innocence and there’s been a groundswell of public support in recent years for his release from prison amid questions about the evidence in his case and the state’s history of bungled executions.
The report, compiled by Pardon and Parole Board investigator Lisa Reading, included a lengthy description of the views of both the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office and Jones himself. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has said for years he believes Jones is guilty of Howell’s murder, while Jones has said repeatedly that Chris Jordan killed Howell. Jordan, who testified against Jones, was also convicted of killing Howell, but served only 13 years in prison before being released.