Oklahoma Appoints Unbiased Counsel to Evaluation Richard Glossip Case

Oklahoma Lawyer Basic Gentner Drummond has appointed an unbiased counsel to conduct a complete overview of Richard Glossip’s homicide conviction and demise sentence.

Glossip, 59, was sentenced to demise within the 1997 murder-for-hire killing of his boss, Oklahoma Metropolis motel proprietor Barry Van Treese, however has lengthy maintained his innocence.

He’s scheduled to be executed on Could 18—a date that was rescheduled from one in February after Oklahoma’s Courtroom of Prison Appeals agreed to decelerate the tempo of the state’s upcoming executions.

Drummond on Thursday introduced the appointment of former District Lawyer Rex Duncan to overview all points of Glossip’s case, together with the preliminary police investigation, two separate trials, sentencing and appeals.

Jail picture of inmate Richard Glossip. Oklahoma Lawyer Basic Gentner Drummond has appointed an unbiased counsel to conduct a complete overview of Richard Glossip’s homicide conviction and demise sentence.
Oklahoma Division of Corrections

“Circumstances surrounding this case necessitate an intensive overview,” Drummond mentioned in an announcement.

“Whereas I’m assured in our judicial system, that doesn’t permit me to disregard proof. This overview helps make sure that justice is served, each to the Van Treese household and the accused.”

Glossip’s legal professional, Don Knight, mentioned he was grateful for Drummond’s resolution.

“From the start of our work on this case, all we have now requested for is a good overview of all of the proof,” he mentioned in an announcement to Newsweek.

“The brand new proof we have now uncovered since 2015 exhibits conclusively, as the primary unbiased investigation by Reed Smith discovered, that no cheap juror who considered all of the proof would discover Mr. Glossip responsible of homicide for rent.

“We’re assured that this new investigation will attain the identical conclusion. Richard Glossip is harmless of this crime. We look ahead to absolutely cooperating with Rex Duncan in order that he can full his work as expeditiously as attainable, and the State can start to proper this horrible unsuitable.”

An unbiased investigation by Texas legislation agency Reed Smith final yr raised considerations about misplaced or destroyed proof within the case.

It additionally discovered {that a} detective who was biased in opposition to Glossip improperly requested main inquiries to a co-defendant, Justin Sneed, to implicate Glossip within the killing.

Sneed, a handyman on the motel the place Glossip was the supervisor, admitted beating Van Treese to demise with a baseball bat, however he mentioned he did so at Glossip’s route after he promised him cash. He was sentenced to life in jail and was a key witness in opposition to Glossip at each of his trials.

Glossip’s attorneys have requested the Oklahoma Courtroom of Prison Appeals for a brand new evidentiary listening to in gentle of the investigation’s findings.

Greater than 60 state lawmakers, together with many who assist the demise penalty, have additionally known as for a brand new evidentiary listening to in Glossip’s case.

Glossip’s newest execution date is the ninth he has confronted since 2014.

He has been inside hours of being executed three separate instances, together with in September 2015 when jail officers realized they’d acquired the unsuitable deadly drug.

That blend-up helped immediate an almost seven-year moratorium on the demise penalty in Oklahoma, which resulted in October 2021 with the execution of John Grant.

The state has executed seven different inmates since then, together with Scott Eizember in January.