Pardon and Parole Board sets clemency hearing dates for Julius Jones, more death row inmates

The state Pardon and Parole Board on Tuesday set tentative dates for clemency hearings in the cases of several death row inmates who face execution while the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals weighs whether the capital punishments may move forward.

Clemency hearings for the inmates would take place 21 days before their scheduled executions. A formal approval of the hearing dates will not be made until the criminal appeals court renders its decision.

The move comes amid a flurry of legal filings surrounding execution dates for high-profile death row inmate Julius Jones and five others who have exhausted their legal appeals.

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