Oklahoma lawmakers consider changing laws surrounding capital punishment as the state prepares to resume executions
It’s been five years since Oklahoma has executed a death row inmate after the botched execution of Charles Warner; now, Oklahoma lawmakers are considering making changes in capital punishment trials and the execution process.
On Wednesday, several people embedded in the process spoke to the House Public Safety Committee for an interim study.
“I have been brought to the brink of execution three times,” said attorney Don Knight, reading a letter from his client, death row inmate Richard Glossip.
Glossip has been on death row for 23 years, and has exhausted all of his appeals. He could be the first person executed in the state since 2015.
But new evidence and witnesses brought forward by his attorney prompted State Rep. Kevin McDugle of Broken Arrow to call the study.
“There’s enough doubt in my mind that I believe if we execute Richard Glossip, that we’ve executed an innocent person,” Rep. McDugle said.