Tulsa World

Board urges commutatio­n

Parole Board members recommend life sentence for death-row inmate

- SEAN MURPHY

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board on Monday recommende­d the governor commute the death sentence of Julius Jones, who has maintained his innocence in a 1999 killing that has garnered national attention.

The five-member board voted 3-1 to recommend Jones’ sentence be commuted to life in prison after board member Scott Williams recused himself because of a profession­al relationsh­ip he had with one of the attorneys who spoke on Jones’ behalf. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt ultimately will decide

the fate of Jones, who claims he was framed for the 1999 shooting death of Edmond businessma­n Paul Howell.

“Personally, I believe in death penalty cases there should be no doubts. And put simply, I have doubts about this case,” said Chairman Adam Luck, one of Stitt’s appointees on the board who voted to commute Jones’ sentence.

Monday’s vote came after several hours of testimony from members of

 ?? SUE OGROCKI, ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Madeline Davis-Jones, the mother of Julius Jones, reacts as she hears the recommenda­tion that her son’s death sentence be commuted to life in prison by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board during a commutatio­n hearing for her son on Monday in Oklahoma City. Behind her is Jimmy Lawson, a friend of Julius Jones. Jones was convicted in the 1999 shooting death of Paul Howell.
SUE OGROCKI, ASSOCIATED PRESS Madeline Davis-Jones, the mother of Julius Jones, reacts as she hears the recommenda­tion that her son’s death sentence be commuted to life in prison by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board during a commutatio­n hearing for her son on Monday in Oklahoma City. Behind her is Jimmy Lawson, a friend of Julius Jones. Jones was convicted in the 1999 shooting death of Paul Howell.

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