The Latest: Oklahoma court denies death row inmate's appeal

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Posted: Sep 29, 2015 5:29 PM
The Latest: Oklahoma court denies death row inmate's appeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate who was convicted of ordering the 1997 beating death of a motel owner but claims he is innocent and was framed by the actual killer. (All times are local):

3:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a death row inmate's request for a rehearing on its decision to allow his execution to proceed.

In another 3-2 vote on Tuesday, the state's highest criminal court rejected Richard Glossip's request to reconsider his earlier request for a stay of execution and a new evidentiary hearing.

In a brief, one-page order, the court ruled that a rehearing is not proper for post-conviction appeals. Two justices dissented, saying they favored a 60-day stay of execution for an evidentiary hearing on Glossip's claim of newly discovered evidence.

Glossip is scheduled to be executed at 3 p.m. Wednesday for his role in the 1997 beating death of Barry Van Treese, the owner of an Oklahoma City motel where Glossip worked.

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3 p.m.

Lawyers for an Oklahoma death row inmate have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution.

The lawyers said Tuesday that Richard Glossip is innocent and that they have proof a co-defendant acted alone. Prosecutors say Glossip hired a co-worker to rob and kill their boss at the Oklahoma City motel where they worked in 1997.

Two juries sentenced Glossip to death, but his lawyers say police pressured co-defendant Justin Sneed to implicate him. Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals ruled 3-2 Monday that new evidence brought by Glossip's lawyers merely repeats arguments raised in earlier appeals.

Before the U.S. Supreme Court, Glossip's lawyers said Oklahoma should not be allowed to "summarily ... execute" an inmate while ignoring new evidence.

Glossip is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday.

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1 p.m.

Attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate are asking a state appellate court to reconsider its decision to allow the execution to proceed.

Richard Glossip's lawyers on Tuesday filed a petition for rehearing with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Wednesday for ordering the 1997 beating death of a motel owner.

In a 3-2 decision on Monday, the state's highest criminal court rejected Glossip's request for an evidentiary hearing and emergency stay of execution, paving the way for his scheduled lethal injection.

Glossip has maintained his innocence, and his attorneys say they have uncovered new evidence that suggests his co-defendant acted alone.

But the appellate court ruled the new evidence simply expands on theories that were already raised on Glossip's original appeals.