Oklahoma governor spares death-row inmate in last-minute reprieve

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By Peter Szekely (Reuters) – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Thursday halted the high-profile execution of death-row inmate Julius Jones, hours before he was scheduled to die for a 22-year-old murder in which doubts about his guilt have been raised. The governor’s eleventh-hour reprieve followed the clemency recommendation of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, which voted 3-1 on Nov. 1 that Jones’ sentence should be commuted to life in prison. “After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this case, I have determined to commute Julius Jones’ sentence to l…

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