Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater asked Adam Luck to recuse from hearing Jones’ case because Luck had retweeted a Kardashian tweet from 2019 while explaining the significance of Jones’ application.
“If this man is wrongfully executed, by continuing to conceal this information, I feel as if I would have had a hand in putting this man to death and I can’t live with that on my conscience,” Roderick Wesley wrote in a letter to Julius Jones’ attorneys.
Jones, whose case has caught the attention of celebrities, athletes and musicians across the country, will be the first death row inmate to appear before the board as he seeks to have his death penalty sentence commuted.
Six detention officers at the Oklahoma County jail have been charged with assault and mistreatment of inmates since October. Seven inmates have died there in the last three months and at least 84 inmates there have died since 2009, a rate more than double the national average.
The unit would fall under the state’s Pardon and Parole Board, and the bill comes less than a year after Attorney General Mike Hunter ruled the board could review commutation requests filed by inmates on Oklahoma’s Death Row.