Baker Mayfield leads athletes' calls for Julius Jones to avoid execution

朱利叶斯·琼斯, 41, 被定罪 1999 谋杀保罗豪威尔, 富裕的俄克拉荷马城郊区埃德蒙的商人. Jones has maintained his innocence for more than two decades and even while the state’s Pardon and Parole Board twice voted 3-1 to recommend Stitt grant Jones clemency and commute his sentence to life in prison.

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This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Feb. 5, 2018, shows Julius Jones. The fate of Jones rests with Oklahoma Gov. 凯文·斯蒂特. Unless Stitt grants him clemency, Jones will be executed by lethal injection on Thursday, 十一月. 18, 2021.

This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Feb. 5, 2018, shows Julius Jones. The fate of Jones rests with Oklahoma Gov. 凯文·斯蒂特. Unless Stitt grants him clemency, Jones will be executed by lethal injection on Thursday, 十一月. 18, 2021. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP, 文件)

Mayfield had been among the athletes who have come out in support of Jones.

“是啊, that is pretty rough to be honest with you. That is not something that is easy to talk about. I have been trying to get the facts stated and the truth to be told for a while, but it is tough to think about. Tried and tried. It is a shame that it has gotten this far,” Mayfield told reporters

“我们是 24 hours away. It is tough. 希望, God can intervene, and handle it correctly and do the things he needs to do.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield watches players warm up for an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, 星期四, 十月. 21, 2021, 在克利夫兰.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield watches players warm up for an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, 星期四, 十月. 21, 2021, 在克利夫兰. (AP Photo/David Richard)

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr released a video on his Twitter account calling for the stop of Jones’ execution.

I wanted to put this video out, please share it. Please join in the fight to save an innocent man’s life. Do it for Julius. Do it for his family. Do it for our country. This cannot happen in a civilized nation and we have to keep this from happening. Do everything you can,” Kerr said.

Other NBA stars, including Russell Westbrook, Trae Young and Blake Griffin, have come out in support of Jones as well.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, 星期日, 十一月. 14, 2021, 在夏洛特, 北卡罗来纳.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, 星期日, 十一月. 14, 2021, 在夏洛特, 北卡罗来纳. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

It’s unclear what Stitt’s decision will be. Jones maintains he was framed by the actual killer. State and county prosecutors have said the evidence against Jones is overwhelming.

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