Oklahoma Pardon And Parole Board Votes To Hold Enhanced Second Commutation Hearing In Julius Jones Case

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted Monday to give death row prisoner Julius Jones a longer second stage commutation hearing to better understand the details of his case.

Jones was convicted of murdering Edmond man Paul Howell in 1999. Jones claims he is innocent.

The board already voted to move Julius Jones to the second round of their process. Then the board postponed Jones’ hearing to give him a chance to have an enhanced one.

The enhancement will allow groups supporting and opposing Jones’ commutation more time to speak than is normally allowed. It’s a new option the board approved, largely to accommodate the complex nature of death penalty cases.

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