Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor responded to a letter from more than 60 state lawmakers on Tuesday passing the request for a new hearing for Richard Glossip on to the courts.
The letter, cosigned by many Republicans who support the death penalty, called for an evidentiary hearing that could lead to a stop of Glossip’s execution. O’Connor said in a statement it will be up to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to make any decisions.
The group fighting for the hearing pointed to an independent investigation by a Texas law firm that raised questions about Glossip’s guilt. Details of the report came out a couple of weeks before the announcement of Glossip’s Sept. 22 execution date.