Glossip has spent 26 years on death row, has had two trials, nine execution dates and three last meals. An interim study at the Oklahoma Capitol will examine whether the state has done enough to ensure innocent people aren’t executed.
Sanchez, 44, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2006 for killing Juli Busken, a 21-year-old dance student at the University of Oklahoma. Busken had been abducted, raped and shot in the back of the head.
Oklahoma has been responsible for nearly a quarter of all executions in the country since resuming the death penalty in 2021. Only Texas, which put 10 people to death in that same period, has executed more.
There have been nine suicides at the Oklahoma County jail in three years. Another six people with documented mental health issues died of other causes. One woman’s death has helped jumpstart a diversion program.