Richard Glossip was granted a two-week stay Wednesday just hours before he was scheduled to be executed. This move comes among several high-profile cases that have brought lethal injection under question.His lethal injection was delayed for the second time Wednesday amid appeals to revisit the evidence.
“Due to Glossip’s last minute filing, and in order for this Court to give fair consideration to the materials included with his subsequent application for post-conviction relief, we hereby grant an emergency stay of execution for two weeks,” said the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Richard Glossip was scheduled to be the state’s first execution since the US Supreme Court deemed the lethal-injection protocol legal. However, a state appeals court agreed to move Mr. Glossip’s execution date to Sept. 30 with just hours to spare.
In 1997, Richard Glossip had allegedly paid a motel worker, Justin Sneed, to kill motel owner Barry Van Treese. Though Mr. Glossip was not the killer, Mr. Sneed testified against Glossip. Glossip was convicted of murder and given the death sentence, while Sneed was sentenced to life in prison without parole in return for his testimony.
Glossip’s conviction was overturned in 2004 due to ineffective legal counsel, but once again, jurors found Glossip guilty of murder and he was sentenced to death again that same year.
Glossip was originally scheduled for an injection this January that was called off when the Supreme Court decided to hear the case, though the case wasn’t actually heard until June. “The court’s focus was not on the specifics of Glossip’s case, and the justices were instead asked about Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol, the source of considerable debate since the botched execution of Clayton Lockett last year,” reports The Washington Post.