The Latest: Oklahoma inmate asks court to stop execution

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Posted: Sep 15, 2015 6:18 PM
The Latest: Oklahoma inmate asks court to stop execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip (all times local):

5 p.m.

Lawyers for an Oklahoma death-row inmate are asking a court to stop his upcoming execution.

Richard Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday afternoon at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. He was convicted of ordering the beating death of a motel owner in 1997.

Glossip's lawyers went to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday to request an emergency stay of execution.

They say they have new evidence, including a signed affidavit from an inmate who served with Justin Sneed, the man convicted of killing the motel owner.

Glossip supporters say Sneed's fellow prisoner heard Sneed say Glossip was innocent and that he'd set Glossip up.

Glossip's lawyers say the court needs time to hear new evidence before the execution.

Gov. Mary Fallin has already denied a separate request for a stay.

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3:30 p.m.

A death-row inmate is maintaining his innocence on the eve of his execution in Oklahoma, saying he hasn't given up hope that his lethal injection will be halted.

Richard Glossip spoke to The Associated Press during a brief telephone interview Tuesday form the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Glossip says he will "hope for the best."

Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday. He was convicted of ordering the beating death of a motel owner in 1997. Glossip says he was framed by the killer, who is serving a life sentence.

Glossip's case has drawn attention from death penalty opponents, and his family and supporters rallied Tuesday at the Oklahoma Capitol. They want Republican Gov. Mary Fallin to issue a 60-day stay. The governor has repeatedly said she wouldn't grant the request.