Current Status of the Case


The Supreme Court is currently out of session and will reconvene on October 2nd, 2023. Thereafter, they will decide whether to grant a request from Glossip’s legal team and the Attorney General of Oklahoma for a new trial, to hear the case in a merits briefing, or to deny it, which would lift the stay and permit the execution to proceed.

The status of the case as of July 5, 2023:

AG Drummond filed the reply brief for the State of Oklahoma IN SUPPORT of Glossip’s request for a new trial.

The status of the case as of May 5, 2023:

The Supreme Court stays Richard’s execution, then scheduled for May 18th. A stay by SCOTUS is rare.

The status of the case as of April 26, 2023:

Richard Glossip attended his second clemency board hearing. Clemency is only granted with a majority rule (three ‘yes’ votes needed). In an unprecedented hearing, and for the first time in OK history, the Attorney General personally  presented on behalf of the state and asked for clemency. What the public did not see at the hearing was a coordinated silent protest in the room of Glossip’s clemency by the District Attorney Council (DAC), spearheaded by retired DA David Prater (who withheld the DA files for the last 8 years) and 8 powerful district attorneys from across the state. The board voted 2-2 against him and Richard Glossip was denied clemency. The tie vote is not a majority vote, and one member recused himself, which counted as an automatic no. All three no-vote members were district attorneys.  

The status of the case as of April 20, 2023:

The OCCA denies Attorney General Drummond’s motion to vacate Glossip’s conviction and remand the case back to the district court. 

A third stay of execution was requested with Governor Stitt, who denied the request.

The status of the case as of April 3, 2023:

Independent counsel, Rex Duncan, releases the findings from his investigation and calls for a new trial. In response, AG Drummond asked the OCCA to grant Mr. Glossip’s petition for a new trial based upon this misconduct by the prosecution.

The status of the case as of March 27, 2023:

The Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma and Glossip’s defense team file jointly asking the OCCA for a stay of execution while Glossip’s 2nd independent investigation is ongoing, and the case is considered by SCOTUS.

The status of the case as of February 16, 2023:

Glossip’s execution date is rescheduled to May after the AG requested 60 days in between executions for all death row inmates.

The status of the case as of January 9, 2023:

In January, just after he was sworn into office, Oklahoma’s new AG Genter Drummond gave Glossip’s defense team access to the materials in Box 8 and retained an ex-prosecutor (Rex Duncan) to conduct a full review of the case. Glossip’s defense team filed a petition to the OCCA, who denied relief. Glossip filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court of the United States to challenge the OCCA decision.