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Sister, friend of Julius Jones say they will work for his freedom


Oklahoma governor grants clemency to Julius Jones, halting his execution

“We were overjoyed,” Antoinette Jones told CNN’s “New Day” on Friday morning. “We still have to get his freedom.”

She is the sister of Julius Jones, who was granted clemency Thursday by Gov. Kevin Stitt hours before his execution was scheduled to take place.

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Jones was convicted for the 1999 murder of Paul Howell — a murder he says he did not commit.

Jones’ sentence will be commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to an executive order filed Thursday.

“Yesterday was an amazing feeling,” said Jimmy Lawson, Julius Jones’ lifelong best friend. “When you think about how close we came to the finish line, it’s unbelievable.”

He said “overwhelming world support” for Jones might have helped sway Stitt’s decision. “The whole world was watching.”

The Republican governor came to the decision following “prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this case,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
Madeline Davis-Jones and other family members and friends talk to reporters Wednesday at the Capitol in Oklahoma City about Julius Jones' scheduled execution.
The case drew wide attention in recent years. The ABC documentary series “The Last Defense” spotlighted it in 2018. More than 6 million people signed an online petition asking Stitt to intervene.

Howell’s family, however, remains convinced of Jones’ guilt, saying in a statement Thursday the family took “comfort” because they said the governor’s decision “affirmed the guilt of Julius Jones.”

Antoinette Jones said she is unsure of what legal paths would help gain her brother’s freedom and will rely on the advice of attorneys.

“We gotta keep pressing forward to correct the different ways that have hindered Julius from true justice,” she said.

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