Ahead of a new episode of ABC’s “20/20” TV show focusing on Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones, Kim Kardashian West tweeted at Gov. Kevin Stitt to urge him to watch the show.
“I believe Julius is innocent and the state of Oklahoma must act now to save this man’s life,” Kardashian West tweeted.
I am praying that @GovStitt, the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board take the time to watch @ABC2020’s two-hour program on the case of death row inmate Julius Jones tonight. I believe Julius is innocent and the state of Oklahoma must act now to save this man’s life. #JusticeforJulius
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 14, 2020
In 1999, Jones, a 19-year-old attending the University of Oklahoma, was arrested after an Edmond man was shot and killed. In 2002, Jones was convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.
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Jones’ case has received renewed interest and advocacy after the airing of a 2018 documentary series, “The Last Defense,” that discussed what the Jones family has said were serious deficiencies in the way his case was handled.
Currently, Jones is waiting to hear how the state’s Pardon and Parole Board will work through his 2019 request for commutation.
Last week, Attorney General Mike Hunter complained advocates for Jones have manipulated the facts of his case to mislead the public in an orchestrated effort to get him off of death row.
The “20/20” episode is a two-hour special that will report on the crime, the trial and recently tested evidence. It includes an interview with Jones and goes over his lawyers’ claims that systemic racism influenced his conviction, according to a press release.