McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Key events in the criminal case against Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, who has received a stay of execution amid questions over a drug that would have been used in his lethal injection.
Jan. 6, 1997 — Motel owner Barry Alan Van Treese discovers a $6,101.92 shortfall at the Best Budget Inn managed by Richard Glossip. Van Treese tells his wife he intends to ask Glossip about the discrepancy.
Jan. 7, 1997 — Van Treese is found beaten to death in Room 102 at the Oklahoma City motel, where he was staying while delivering paychecks to employees and picking up money for deposit from motels he owned across the state.
Jan. 9, 1997 — Glossip is arrested while carrying $1,200, days after being paid $429.33. Investigators say he began selling his belongings and telling people he was leaving town after being questioned by police.
Jan. 14, 1997 — Motel maintenance man Justin Sneed, who was found with $1,700 after Van Treese's death, is also arrested in connection to the death. Sneed later agrees to testify against Glossip.
June 1998 — During Glossip's trial, Sneed tells an Oklahoma County jury that Glossip feared for his job and promised Sneed $10,000 if he would rob and kill Van Treese. Jurors convict Glossip and sentence him to death; Sneed is sentenced to life without parole.
July 17, 2001 — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturns Glossip's conviction, saying evidence to support Sneed's testimony was "extremely weak," Glossip's lawyer was ineffective and jurors appeared to have consulted a Bible during deliberations, contrary to proper court procedures.
June 2004 — A second Oklahoma County jury convicts Glossip and sentences him to death. His attorneys appeal.
January 2008 — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upholds Glossip's conviction.
November 2008 — Glossip pursues a federal appeal, arguing prosecutors were wrong to hang posters in the courtroom outlining their evidence and that the judge shouldn't have let jurors hear victim-impact statements.
July 25, 2013 — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds conviction, says Glossip's second trial was "fundamentally fair" and cites trial testimony that showed the motel's books were short and that Van Treese had imposed a deadline for Glossip to straighten them out.
June 25, 2014 — Following the botched April 2014 execution of another Oklahoma inmate, Glossip and 20 other inmates file a federal lawsuit alleging Oklahoma unconstitutionally allows an "ever-changing array of untried drugs" during executions. The state later argues that an improperly placed intravenous line — not its new mix of drugs — was the culprit in the problematic execution.
Oct. 24, 2014 — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board unanimously rejects Glossip's clemency request. Separately, the state delays several inmates' executions, including moving Glossip's date from November 2014 to January 2015, saying it needed time to obtain lethal drugs.
Dec. 22, 2014 — A federal judge declares Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol constitutional. But three weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to consider whether Oklahoma can use midazolam, a surgical sedative, during executions, prompting another delay in Glossip's execution.
June 29, 2015 — A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma's use of midazolam during state executions.
July 8, 2015 — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals sets Glossip's execution for Sept. 16, 2015.
Sept. 15, 2015 — After Gov. Mary Fallin refuses to delay Glossip's execution, Glossip's attorneys notify the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals that they have new evidence. Among the material is an affidavit from an inmate who said Sneed admitted lying about Glossip's involvement in Van Treese's death.
Sept. 16, 2015 — The appeals court halts Glossip's execution, grants his attorneys two weeks to raise new arguments and resets the execution for Sept. 30.
Sept. 28, 2015 — The appeals court rules, in a 3-2 vote, that Glossip's new claims merely restate arguments raised in earlier appeals.
Sept. 29, 2015 — Glossip's lawyers ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene, saying Oklahoma should not be able to "summarily ... execute" a prisoner without giving full consideration to new evidence. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, meanwhile, rejects Glossip's request that it reconsider its decision.
Sept. 30, 2015 — The U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, refuses to intervene, allowing Glossip's execution to proceed. The office of Gov. Fallin discloses that a representative of Pope Francis had asked that she stop the execution, but that she didn't have the power to do so. Shortly before Glossip's execution is set to begin, Fallin grants a 37-day reprieve after the Department of Corrections discloses it had received a drug not listed in the agency's execution protocols. Glossip's execution is now scheduled for Nov. 6.