Republican lawmakers call for Gov Stitt to grant clemency for Julius Jones

A group of Republican lawmakers are now calling on the governor to grant clemency to Julius Jones just seven days before his scheduled execution.

Representatives John Talley, Logan Phillips, Kevin McDugle, Preston Stinson and Garry Mize released a joint statement on Thursday, some saying there are too many loose ends in the case to sentence Jones to death.

“I still have many constituents who still have questions,” Rep. Stinson said in the release. “I am asking Gov. Stitt to take him off death row and accept the recommendation of his pardon and parole board.”

“The last thing the state should be doing is taking the life of someone who may be innocent,” Rep. Mize said. “There is too much doubt here, especially given that Julius Jones’ codefendant has confessed to being the real murderer. We can’t move forward with an execution under these circumstances in good conscience.”

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