On Tuesday, July 14, 20/20 is airing a particular referred to as The Final Protection: Julius Jones, which particulars the homicide of businessman Paul Howell in Oklahoma Metropolis in 1999. Star highschool basketball and soccer participant Julius Jones — to not be confused with former NFL working again Julius Jones — was arrested for the crime and sits on demise row, vehemently denying that he had any involvement with the homicide.
Forward of the 20/20 particular report, right here’s what it’s worthwhile to know concerning the case, Jones’ Change.org petition for clemency, and why Jones says he was arrange by a person named Christopher Jordan.
Jones’ Petition Particulars His Solitary Confinement and Issues With the Case
Jones was discovered responsible of Paul Howell’s homicide in 2002. He has been in jail interesting the conviction ever since. Based on his Change.org petition, Jones “has lived on demise row for nearly 20 years, and is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. He’s allowed one hour of daylight a day, and three showers every week. Each minute we wait to take motion, Julius is struggling. Each second that goes by brings Julius nearer to being executed for against the law he didn’t commit.”
The petition goes on to state that within the authentic trial, eyewitnesses mentioned Jones was at his mother and father’ house on the time Howell was shot throughout a carjacking. It additional states that Jones’ co-defendant, Christopher Jordan, admitted to being concerned within the crime and set Jones up for it by testifying in opposition to him.
The petition presently has virtually 6 million signatures. However in accordance with a current New York Instances article, it doesn’t seem to have had any impact to this point. Jones has exhausted his appeals and Oklahoma Lawyer Normal Mike Hunter is ready to renew deadly injections within the state.
Hunter Additionally Says Trial Transcripts Verify Jones’ Guilt
Based on the New York Instances, AG Hunter launched trial transcripts that refute what Jones is claiming about his innocence. The trial transcripts present that witnesses recognized Jones because the shooter and that the homicide weapon and bandanna with Jones’ DNA have been recovered from an attic area above his bed room.
“[The Howells] are the victims on this case, make no mistake about it,” Hunter mentioned, in accordance with the OU Every day. “And the ache of their loss is revisited with every misguided public enchantment on Mr. Jones’ behalf. … Julius Jones murdered Paul Howell in chilly blood in entrance of his sister and daughters. No … profusion of misinformation will change that.”
Nonetheless, Dale Baich, Jones’ lawyer, instructed OU Every day that “[Howell’s sister] described [the shooter] as a black man sporting a stocking cap and a crimson bandana throughout his face, She mentioned that half an inch of hair was hanging out from the stocking cap. Julius, his hair was brief. It was virtually shaved to his pores and skin … The police, somewhat than conducting an intensive investigation, let tunnel imaginative and prescient set in and didn’t observe the details and proof. As an alternative, they centered on Julius.”
What Occurred to Jones’ Co-Defendant?
Christopher Jordan was the co-defendant within the case. He was a highschool basketball teammate of Jones’. Based on Baich, there have been two preliminary suspects within the case — Kermit Lottie, a convicted felon and Oklahoma Metropolis Police informant, and Ladell King, a recurring offender going through a minimal of 20 years for verify fraud.
These two suspects led the police to Jordan, who in flip led the police to Jones. Baich mentioned Jordan’s story saved altering, however police solely centered on Jones as a result of Jordan instructed officers the place they might discover the homicide weapon — inside a crawlspace upstairs within the Jones home.
“On Thursday night, the night time earlier than Julius was taken into custody, Chris Jordan spent the night time at Julius’ mother and father’ house,” Baich instructed OU Every day. “Julius (slept) in the lounge on the sofa … Chris Jordan went to the upstairs room the place the gun was discovered … He spent the night time in that room.”
Jordan was given life in jail with all however 30 years suspended; he ended up solely serving 15 years and was launched from jail in 2014. Jones continues to be incarcerated and faces execution.
20/20 usually airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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