Oklahoma Execution Halted Amid Concerns Inmate Is Innocent

  

TIME

An Oklahoma court halted the execution scheduled for Wednesday of a convicted murderer amid growing concern he may be innocent.

The Associated Press reports an appeals court halted the execution of Richard Glossip shortly before he was scheduled to be executed after his attorneys asked for time to review new evidence, including a claim by another inmate that he overheard the other man convicted in the case admit he acted alone.

Glossip was convicted of murder in 1977 after being linked to the death of Barry Van Treese. Justin Sneed, who bludgeoned Van Treese to death, said he had been paid to do so by Glossip.

But some have questioned the verdict, arguing that Sneed’s testimony in court came in exchange for a deal with prosecutors and that there is no concrete evidence linking Glossip to the crime. Sneed’s daughter recently argued in a letter that the state delay the…

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